The Odyssey in a Postcolonial World with Dr Justine McConnell (Classics for All)
13 June @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
£5 – £10
Join us on Monday 13th June from 6-7pm for a unique look into the reception of Ancient Greek myth in African and Caribbean postcolonial literature.
What would happen to Odysseus if he found himself in our modern world? And what has the discipline of Classics to do with colonialism?
By considering works by three key twentieth-century writers, we’ll explore their varied responses to these questions and ask what heroism looks like in the twenty-first century. From Derek Walcott’s epic poem Omeros, set in the St Lucian fishing village of Gros Islet, to Toni Morrison’s tale of a female questing hero in Sula, and Ralph Ellison’s pre-Civil Rights era novel Invisible Man, we find three very different responses to Homer’s epic, each recasting the ancient Greek myths as tales that reflect on the African diaspora.
Tickets (only £10 standard and £5 concession*) are available via the link below. You may also choose to give an additional donation toward Classics for All’s work supporting classics teaching in state schools.