Ovidian Transversions: ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650

Participants : 
  • Peggy McCracken, Director, Institute for the Humanities; Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities; Professor of French, Women's Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Valerie Traub, Acting Department Chair; Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies
  • Basil Duffalo, Professor of Classical Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Department of Comparative Literature
  • Yopie Prins, Chair, Department of Comparative Literature; Irene Butter Collegiate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Event Date: 
February 24, 2020
Event Time: 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
2239 Lane Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp and elevator access at the E. Washington Street entrance (by the loading dock). There are accessible restrooms on the south end of Lane Hall, on each floor of the building. A gender neutral restroom is located on the first floor.

Panel discussion of “Ovidian Transversions: ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650,” Edited by Valerie Traub, Patricia Badir, Peggy McCracken

Medieval and early modern authors engaged with Ovid’s tale of ‘Iphis and Ianthe’ in a number of surprising ways. From Christian translations to secular retellings on the seventeenth-century stage, Ovid’s story of a girl’s miraculous transformation into a boy sparked a diversity of responses in English and French from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. In addition to analysing various translations and commentaries, the volume clusters essays around treatments of John Lyly’s Galatea (c. 1585) and Issac de Benserade’s Iphis et Iante (1637). As a whole, the volume addresses gender and transgender, sexuality and gallantry, anatomy and alchemy, fable and history, youth and pedagogy, language and climate change.

This event is part of IRWG's Gender: New Works, New Questions series, which spotlights recent publications by U-M faculty members and allows for deeper discussion by an interdisciplinary panel.

There will be an instant-win raffle at the beginning of the event for 5 free copies of the book! Must be present to win!