Ladies’ Greek: news and reviews

Emily Wilson, Found in Translation: How Women Are Making the Classics Their Own in The Guardian (July, 2017)

Francesca Wade, Learning Greek Was Delight Inexpressible in The Daily Telegraph (June 2017)

Mary Townsend, A Woman Reads Greek in the Woods of Maine in Education & Culture: A Critical Review (2017)

Reading the Classics and Yopie Prins’ “Ladies’ Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy”  in Mirabile Dictu (2017)

Barbara Graziosi, “For the Love of It” in The Times Literary Supplement (November 2017)

Claire Gruzelier in Classics for All (November 2017).

Ladies’ Greek shortlisted for the 2017 London Hellenic Prize

Elizabeth Helsinger,  Review in Modern Philology 115.4 (May 2018): 242-44.

David Bullen, “Female Tranlators of Greek Drama” in The Classical Review 1-2 (2018).

Alison Chapman, Review in Victorian Studies (61.3 (2019): 506-08.

Shanyn Fiske, Review in Victorian Review 44.2 (2019): 285-87.

Meryl Altman,  Review in  Women’s Studies 48.7 (2019): 793-96.

July 2017 ACLA Seminar on “World Poetics”


2017 American Comparative Literature Association

Co-organizers: Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Yopie Prins (U Michigan)

Drift 25 (Room 001), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Seminar Description

What is the place of “world poetry” within current debates about World Literature? Our 2017 ACLA seminar continues a conversation begun in the 2016 MLA panel sponsored by ACLA on “The Problem of ‘World Poetry’: Comparative Poetics and Comparative Publics” and the 2016 ACLA Presidential Panel on “Worlds of World Poetry.” Our goal is to explore the changing terms of past, present, and future work in comparative world poetics. What is the relation between comparative poetics and World Poetics? That question is at least in part historical, given the recent shifts within the discipline of Comparative Literature. While the adjective “comparative” suggests unequal parts, the adjective “world” suggests parts of a whole. Parts of what whole, or of what world? Debates about the unstable status of the idea of World Literature go double for the idea of World Poetry, since the history of the latter idea is directly connected to nineteenth-century universalism and to Goethe’s Weltliteratur. When we practice a “world poetics,” do we want to reclaim that nineteenth-century idealism, or do we want to take it apart? And what idea, or ideas, of “poetry” are we claiming in our comparative practice? The papers in this three-day seminar offer many different answers to these questions, drawing on various languages, theoretical approaches, historical perspectives, and critical paradigms.

Friday, July 7

“Worlds of World Poetry,” Yopie Prins, University of Michigan

“Landscapes of a Lyric Empire,” Fatima Burney, UCLA

“Comparative World Poetics: Gabriela Mistral and Mahadevi Varma,” Bhavya Tiwari, University of Houston

“Toward a Comparative Poetics,” Rachel Galvin, University of Chicago

Saturday, July 8

“The Institution of World Poetry,” Virginia Jackson, UC Irvine

“The Problem of Chinese Allegory Revisited,” Amanda Wang, University of Georgia

“World Poetry: Archaeology and Iterations of an Idea,” Harris Feinsod, Northwestern University

Sunday July 9

“National Meters and Global Rhythms,” Erin Kappeler, Missouri State University

“Kalevala Rhymes,” Maria Muresan, Ecole Normale Superieure (Centre Paul Celan)

“A Poetics of Pictographic Worlds,” Edgar Garcia, University of Chicago

January 2017 MLA Panel: “Victorian in a Comparative Field”

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia

550. “Victorian” in a Comparative Field

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 109B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Program arranged by the forum LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

Presiding: Pamela K. Gilbert, Univ. of Florida

Speakers: Elaine Auyoung, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Sukanya Banerjee, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Joseph Lavery, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Sharon Marcus, Columbia Univ.; Yopie Prins, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Alex Woloch, Stanford Univ.

Participants discuss the implications and challenges of studying Victorian literature beyond prescribed national and temporal boundaries.

keywords: global, transatlantic, comparative, Victorian​

March 2016 ACLA Presidential Address and Panel on The Question of World Poetry

The annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association is hosted by Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016. At 6pm on Friday I present my presidential address, “Worlds of World Poetry,” and at 6pm on Saturday I moderate the ACLA President’s Panel, “Comparative Poetics and the Question of ‘World Poetry.” Panelists include Simon Gikandi (Princeton), Roland Greene (Stanford), Bruce Holsinger (Virginia), Natalie Melas (Cornell), Harsha Ram (Berkeley). Hope to see you there!

February 2016 Reading The Lyric Theory Reader at the University of Washington

In February 2016, I traveled to the University of Washington in Seattle to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Simpson Center for Humanities, together with Virginia Jackson, of The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology. I also presented a guest lecture, co-sponsored by English and Classics: “Sapphic Stanzas: How Do We Read the Rhythm?”  I am grateful to Charles LaPorte and his many colleagues and students for their warm welcome.

January 2016 MLA Panel on Comparative Poetics, Comparative Publics: The Problem of World Poetry

During the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in January 2016, I introduced and moderated the first of two panels sponsored by the American Comparative Literature Association on the question of “World Poetry.” Panelists included Harris Feinsod (Northwestern), Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine), Aamir Mufti (UCLA), Anthony Reed (Yale) and Haun Saussy (U Chicago). Responding to current debates about world literature and the place of poetry in the public sphere, panelists drew on a range of theoretical approaches, languages, and historical perspectives to interrogate the idea of “world poetry” and to explore critical paradigms for past, present, and future work in comparative poetics. The discussion will continue with a second panel on the same topic during the annual ACLA meeting at Harvard in March 2016.

December 2015 Historical Poetics Group visits U Michigan

In December 2015, the Nineteenth-Century Historical Poetics Group visited the University of Michigan for our fall meeting. Members of the group participated in a panel, The Poetry of Translation: Reading Longfellow’s Poets and Poetry of Europe (1845). This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the English Department’s Nineteenth Century Forum and the Poetry & Poetics Workshop. It was also the culmination of my fall 2015 graduate seminar, Nineteenth Century Poetry and (in, as, of) Translation. Thanks to colleagues and students for an excellent turn-out, and great discussion.