Lecture to examine Ulysses and Aeneid

Published 24 March 2011

herculesJames Joyce’s Ulysses and Virgil’s Aeneid will come under the microscope at a lecture at the University of New England next month.

The lecture will be held at at Earle Page College (in the Gallery) on Thursday, April 7 at 5.30 pm.

The speaker will be Dr Randall Pogorzelski, the University’s first Charles Tesoriero Lecturer in Latin. With degrees from the University of Southern California, Pennsylvania, and UC Santa Barbara, Dr Pogorzelski has specialised in Latin Literature and combines with this an active interdisciplinary interest in comparative literature.

Dr Pogorzelski’s lecture is entitled ‘Tyrants and Terrorists: Cacus and Political Identity in Virgil’s Aeneid and Joyce’s Ulysses, and draws on material he is preparing for a book which revises his PhD from a few years ago. The lecture will deal with the construction of political identity in book 8 of Virgil’s Aeneid and in the “Cyclops” episode of Joyce’s Ulysses.

Dr Pogorzelski recently was awarded the Gildersleeve prize for the best article to appear in 2009 in the American Journal of Philology, and he is working on a new project on representations of space and geography in the Neronian and Flavian periods.

This may prove the last opportunity to hear Dr Pogorzelski speak in a public forum in Armidale, as he has accepted a post at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and leave UNE at the end of June. Don’t miss out on hearing this very able young scholar on April 7.

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