Aug
25

Update 4: Chaucer’s takes on Homer

As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog! Since my last post, I’ve done a ton of reading, but not a ton of updating you all on what that reading has been about. So, I’m going to make a few successive blog posts that cover the last six…
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Jul
10

Update 3: Feminism! Agency! Fun!

I’m officially more than halfway through my ten weeks of summer research! I’ve mostly wrapped up the section of my summer reading plan covering classical sources and related criticism, and I’m moving into the section concerned with medieval and Renaissance texts involving Helen of Troy. This week, I’m reading Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and literary scholarship…
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Jul
01

Second Summer Update: A Double Helen

As I talked about in my last post, I’ve been reading up on literary criticism and perspectives concerning classical versions of Helen of Troy. I recently finished the book Helen of Troy and her Shameless Phantom by Norman Austin, which talks a lot about the counter-Homeric tradition in early Greek writings. Many of these works attempted to…
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Jun
25

Summer Research is Underway!

Hello everyone! So, I’ve spent the last few weeks in Williamsburg getting my summer research up and running, and I’m ready to update you all on my progress. About a month ago, with the help of my advisor, I set up a research plan for the summer outlining my ten weeks of work and organizing…
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Apr
10

British Renaissance Models of Helen of Troy

Hi everyone! My name is Quinn, and I am currently a junior at William & Mary pursuing an English major with a Linguistics minor. I’m so excited to start diving into research for my honors project that I’ll be working on during the next year or so. My project considers femininity and agency in British Renaissance models…
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