Following up on our dialogue at the Boston Book Festival in October, Madeline Miller (author of The Song of Achilles) and I will hold a public conversation about the Iliad and its resonance in today's world following a performance the ArtsEmerson production of An Iliad, an award-winning play by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson. The performance will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 28, at the Paramount Center Mainstage; our discussion will immediately follow.
At the International Summit on Epic Studies recently convened in Beijing by the Institute of Ethnic Literature (a division of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), I had the honor of being elected to the Advisory Board of the newly-formed International Society for Epic Studies. I congratulate Chao Gejin, host of the Summit and the Society's first president, and thank him for his efforts on behalf of the study of world epics.
I will be having a public conversation with Madeline Miller, author of the new novel The Song of Achilles, at the Boston Book Festival on October 27. Admission is free, and all interested readers are invited to attend!
As part of its 375th anniversary celebration, Harvard is recognizing 16 major breakthroughs achieved by members of the University. Click here for my discussion of the sea-change in Homeric studies brought about by Milman Parry's fieldwork.
A member of Harvard's Classics faculty since 2007, David Elmer holds a PhD from Harvard's Department of Comparative Literature. He is Associate Curator of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature and a member of the Standing Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology. He teaches a broad range of courses on the history and interpretation of Greek literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics of current research include the Homeric poems, the ancient novel, and South Slavic oral epic song. His first book, The Poetics of Consent: Collective Decision Making and the Iliad, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in early 2013.