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.

Meetings are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but scheduling is flexible.

If you are interested in participating this term, or have any further questions, please contact the organizers, Francesca Beretta (francesca.beretta@yale.edu) and Thomas Munro (thomas.munro@yale.edu). We would be really grateful if those interested in participating could send us an email by the end of January, so that we can put together a schedule of meetings by the first week of the semester.