Please join us for the Classics Coffee Hour, which is hosted by the Department of Classics graduate students. Cookies and coffee will be provided. Just bring your own mug.
Queer Reproduction in Vergil’s Georgics and Brian Britigan’s Golden
By Dr. Clara Bosac-Schroeder
(University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
What is natural, or normal, reproduction? Can “queering” be applied to stylistic as well as sexual subversion? Dr. Clara Bosak-Schroeder will discuss these questions in the context of Brian Britigan’s 2012 painting, “Golden,” and its allusions to two other artists: the Roman poet Vergil and 20 century US painter Thomas Hart Benton. By reading Vergil through Britigan, Dr. Bosak-Schroeder demonstrates the queer affordances of the Georgics and show how classical notions of natureculture—the interdependence of human and nonhuman—allow Britigan to remake Benton’s heterosexist vision of the Midwest.
The event will feature interactive presentation and will leave plenty of time for discussion.
Coffee and cookies will be provided.