Nobel Prize-winning writer Derek Walcott has expressed a deep aesthetic affinity with the great African-American painter Romare Bearden. New York University classicist Gregson Davis will explore Walcott and Bearden’s shared interest in Homeric archetypes, as well as the specifically Odyssean narrative motifs that recur in their works, in his lecture “Post-Colonial Reception of the Odyssey in Art and Poetry: Romare Bearden and Derek Walcott” on Thursday, April 25, at 5:30 pm in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Greek and Roman Studies department, the English department, and the Program in Africana Studies.
Davis is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at New York University, specializing in the interpretation of poetic texts in the Greco-Roman and Caribbean (Francophone and Anglophone) traditions. He has published extensively on the Roman poets Ovid and Horace, as well as on Derek Walcott and the Martinican poet Aimé Césaire. Davis is currently completing a book on the intersection of poetry and philosophy in Vergil’s Eclogues.
Prior to teaching at New York University, Davis was the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Duke University, and Professor of Classics and the Goldwin Smith Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. Davis received his undergraduate degree in Classics from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
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