Haunting Heroines: Greek Plays and Transnational Novels

General Programming

April 12, 2018 Thursday, 6:15pm EDT Butler Library, Rooms 522/523, Columbia University
  • School of General Studies
  • South Asia Institute
  • Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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In two recent novels, Kamila Shamsie and Colm Tóibín recreate classical mythology to address contemporary audiences and transnational subjects. Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire brings the story of Antigone to the contemporary British Pakistani community, while Colm Tóibín's House of Names re-imagines the Agamemnon tragedy from the points of view of Clytemnestra and Electra. These two authors will join each other in conversation to discuss their modern adaptations of these Greek classics and to explore why these heroines continue to haunt writers and readers today. Chris Morash will moderate the discussion.

  • Kamila Shamsie Author
  • Colm Tóibín Author
  • Moderator Chris Morash Vice-Provost, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing Trinity College Dublin