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Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Anne Carson, who frequently grounds her highly contemporary writing in the literature of the Greek classics, will address the date 610 B.C.E.
According to scholars, that year represented the height of the powers of the ancient Greek poet Stesichorus, on whose fragments she has depended for several of her works.
Writing in a unique style at a moment of transition from epic to lyric forms, Stesichorus offers a compelling model for Carson’s own multifarious and irreverent writing, which encompasses translations, poems, novels, operas, essays, and sometimes, seemingly, all of these at once.
Anne Carson is a poet, translator, essayist and professor of classics, although her work evades most conventional categories.
Since 1986 she has published 18 books, including her inventive verse novels Autobiography of Red (1998) and red doc> (2013), which repurpose the Greek myth of the winged monster Geryon to tell contemporary stories of sexual longing and the perils of adulthood.
Presented by the MFA Program in Writing
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.