Liam’s Updated Thesis Portrait

In my preliminary ideas thesis post, I had very large aspirations of covering a wide range of material from the Bronze Age to modernity, wherein I had hoped to trace the myth of Medea from its potential earliest origins, and consider how multiple cultures including 5th century Athenians, Republican Romans, Imperial Romans, early Americans, and …

Claire’s categorized bibliography

Methodology (apart from the methodology built in to other sources) Honig, Bonnie. A Feminist Theory of Refusal. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2021. Feminist methodology reading of Dionysiac text, applicable to Dionysiac hymns and more broadly as a way of feminist rereading  Johnston, Sarah Iles. The Story of Myth. Harvard University Press, 2018. https://doi.org/10.4159/9780674989573. Creation …

Hannah C. Thesis Portrait

Since first posting my Research questions, I have been able to greatly narrow down the focus of my Thesis research. I will continue to explore the gender-hierarchy in Ancient Greek society, as well as the challenges that women faced within this oppressive structure. Rather than analyzing this relationship through myth, however, I plan on using …

Layla’s Thesis Portrait

This is the general argument that my thesis will make: An analysis of these womb amulets shows that wombs were imagined to have agencies of movement, consumption/desire, and smell. At the same time, the users sought to exercise proactive and reactive forms of agency, the main agentive force being the personification of the womb. The …

Liam Questions Please

For my thesis topic I plan to be looking at themes of foreignness and cosmopolitanism in different versions/iterations of the story of Medea. I hope to begin in the Bronze Age and look at how the mythology around Jason and the Argonauts can help us better understand ideas of difference for the Aegean peoples. The …

Claire’s research questions

My thesis topic is somewhat in flux since my last post about it (link here) but the main theme I’d like to investigate is how the divine are imagined as inhabiting bodies in Orphic literature. I’m interested in how the divine are described as embodied (symbolically or literally) and specifically how those bodies are gendered. …

Liam’s Thesis Idea: Conceptions of Foreignness and Cultural Exchange in Mythology

My primary interest for my thesis is broadly ideas of cultural exchange through movement and storytelling. I want to explore instances where art and mythology serve as a medium for this exchange, and relate it to the narratives we tell about ourselves today. Part of my interest in this topic comes from looking at the …

Celine’s Thesis Idea: Motherhood and Political Agency in Euripides’ Elektra

The extant corpus of Greek tragedies is littered with depictions of the tragic mother; traditional readings of these plays have naturally focused on the circumstances surrounding the women and their failure to react appropriately. However, the very nature of this mode of reading reveals a pertinent characteristic of tragedy itself: the literary critic’s condemnation of …

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