At RU Classics on 7 February 2013, Emily Wilson (Penn) discusses problems in translating Euripides


Théâtre du Soleil performs “Iphigenia in Aulis” (1990, Magnum Photos)

It’s the first Rutgers Classics Graduate Student Association lecture of spring semester 2013—and you’re invited. The place? Ruth Adams Building 003 on Rutgers’ beautiful Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. The time? 4 PM on Thursday 7 February. There and then Professor Emily Wilson of the University of Pennsylvania will present a lecture entitled “Puns, Laughs, and Lamentations: Some Problems in Translating Euripides.”

Professor Wilson’s research interest lies with ancient tragedy—with a particular focus on poetics, literary theory, and reception. Wilson has recently (2010) published a translation of six plays of Seneca (for the renowned Oxford World Classics series) and also served as Classics editor of the 3rd edition of the Norton Anthology of World Literature. She is currently working on a translation of three tragedies of Euripides.


At Penn, Emily Wilson is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Classical Studies, and an affiliated standing faculty member in the Department of English. Her first book was a revision of her Yale dissertation, entitled Mocked with Death: Tragic overliving from Sophocles to Milton (Johns Hopkins, 2004). The dissertation had received the Charles Bernheimer Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association in 2002, as the outstanding PhD thesis of that year. A second book,  The Death of Sophocles: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint, followed in 2007 with Harvard University Press. Other publications include various chapters and articles on the reception of classical literature in English literature, and numerous reviews in the TLS and London Review of Books.


Professor Wilson earned a BA from Oxford University  (Balliol College) in Classics; an M. Phil., also from Oxford (Corpus Christi College), in English Literature (1500-1660); and a Ph.D. from Yale in Classics and Comparative Literature.

We look forward to seeing you at the lecture, and beyond. RU Classics graduate students Scott Barnard and Nicole Freeto organized the event for the Classics GSA. You can view a list of some forthcoming GSA-sponsored lectures (through April 2013) here.


Professor Emily Wilson of the University of Pennsylvania

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