American Classicisms

American Classicisms

The working group investigates the role played by the classical traditions of Greece and Rome in the institutions, intellectual life, and popular culture of America from the eighteenth century onwards. It asks how Americans accessed, constructed, mobilized, and appropriated knowledge about these pre-modern societies — oftentimes to the exclusion of others.

We are interested in receiving both abstracts for formal presentations of relevant work, and proposals for leading more informal discussions with the group.  We especially welcome participants from the fields of African-American Studies, American Studies, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Religious Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

We are excited to announce meeting dates and topics scheduled for the Spring 2021 semester:
  • Thursday, February 25th 5:30 pm: Savannah Marquardt, “Centaurs of Nashville: The Nashville Parthenon and Racialized Masculinity in the American South”
  • Thursday, March 25th 12:30 pm: Classical education in colonial America (organized by Teddy Delwiche) [please note the change of time for this session]
  • Thursday, April 1st 5:30 pm: The Rusticatio Mexicana of Rafael Landívar (organized by Niek Janssen) 
  • Thursday, April 15th 5:30 pm: Maria Doerfler on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

Zoom links and readings will be circulated in a separate email.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
We look forward to a stimulating semester! 
With best wishes, 
Francesca Beretta (Classics and Comparative Literature)
Thomas Munro (Classics)
American Classicisms Working Group Co-Organizers