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Literary Discussion Series: Loving Dido

Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 East River Road
Sunday, February 3, 2013
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The literary discussion group will meet on Feb. 3, 10, 17; March 3 and 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Many readers, from Virgil's time to our own, have found Dido, the African Queen, the most compelling, memorable, and sympathetic character in the Aeneid, Europe’s greatest epic. In this six-week literary program of lecture and discussion, the group, led by Professor of English Thomas Hahn, will consider her many-sided appeal over two millennia: regality and queenship, sexual allure and experience, madness and suicide, and racial and exotic otherness. Professor Hahn will take a multi-media approach including opera, ballet, modern dance, experimental and political theater, satires and burlesques, high art portrayals, and video games. Discussions will include Dido’s capacity to touch audiences and will include readings of Homer, Euripides, Virgil, Ovid, Augustine, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Purcell, Berlioz, medieval romances set in Africa, and some recent novels. Participants will also look at medieval lyrics, contemporary writing from North Africa addressing race and geopolitics, and a variety of imagery.

The fee for the series is $50 per person, and advance registration is required. No previous coursework in literature is required. Advanced registration is required. Free parking on site. Sponsored by the the Office of Alumni Relations. For questions, or to register, please call (585) 273-3513 or email info@alumni.rochester.edu.