ONLINE! Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage and the African American Odyssey

Code: SL41202

Dates: April 22, 2021

Meets: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Sessions: 1

Course Fee: $35.00

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Tayari Jones’ 2018 novel "An American Marriage" tells the story of a young couple whose marriage is dissected after the husband is wrongfully imprisoned following a case of mistaken identity. Jones uses this intimate drama to explore the intersection of race and gender in contemporary America, subtly interweaving the plot of the novel with the plot of Homer’s Odyssey. This talk will analyze Jones’ novel in relation to the tradition of reimagining the Odyssey in African American literature and vernacular culture. It will also examine how Jones’s use of Greek myth to center black experience raises important questions for her readers about the moral economy of recognition and (in)visibility in contemporary America.
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Emily Greenwood

Emily Greenwood is John M. Musser Professor of Classics at Yale University, where she also holds a courtesy appointment in African American Studies. She gained her Ph.D. in Classics from Cambridge University and taught at the University of St Andrews is Scotland before moving to Yale in 2009. She specializes in ancient Greek literature and responses to ancient Greece and Rome in different Black traditions. Her publications include Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (2010), and Thucydides and the Shaping of History (2006). She is currently writing a book entitled Black Classicisms and the Expansion of the Classical Tradition

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