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“Queer Unhistoricism” and the Reception of Ancient Greece

Daniel Orrells


Dan Orrells is the author of Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity (2011) and Sex: Antiquity and Its Legacy (2011). His latest book will be on the history of visualizing antiquity.

One of the most energetic debates in queer studies in recent years has been around the notion of “queer unhistoricism.” Theorists and literary historians have begun to argue that queer readings of texts and images might move us beyond the historicisms we have inherited from modernity. This lecture examines these claims by thinking about what it means to historicize how we have written histories of homosexuality.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History of Art and of Rhetoric