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Jackie Murray: “Racecraft in the Odyssey and Argonautica”
October 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Humanities Forum presents an Ancient Studies Week lecture by Jackie Murray, Associate Professor of Classics, African American and Africana Studies, and Gender and Women Studies, University of Kentucky, who will speak on Racecraft in the Odyssey and Argonautica.
Although products of a different time and place, the ancient epic poems, Homer’s Odyssey and Apollonius’ Argonautica, can help us think about the logic and practices of racial supremacy today. Their status as classics venerated for millennia in western culture has embedded their value systems deeply in modern racism. This talk offers readings of these texts that uncover the forces that created racial supremacist ideology and the ways that ancient epic storytelling reinforced and naturalized it. Jackie Murray will expose how ancient epic depictions of enslavement and collective extermination reinforce the oppressive hierarchies of colonialism and imperialism linked to heroic action.
Jackie Murray is Associate Professor of Classics in the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at the University of Kentucky. Her primary research area is Hellenistic Poetry, its reception of Archaic Greek poetry and its influence on Latin and Imperial Greek Literature. Her secondary area is Race and the Classics, especially the reception of Classics in African American and Afro-Caribbean literature. She has published several important articles on various aspects of Hellenistic Poetry as well as Race in Classical literature. She is currently finishing a monograph on Apollonius’ Argonautica, Destroyer of Worlds: Apollonius’ Argonautica and the Poetics of Controversy for Harvard University Press, and working on two others, one on the Argonautica as a calendar poem and the second on Racecraft in Greek and Roman Epic from Homer to Vergil.
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