Troy, Trenches and Trauma: Classics and Modern British War Literature

Date: May 5, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Olin 130

G. Thomas Edwards Lecture posterA lecture by Elizabeth Vandiver, Clement Biddle Penrose Associate Professor of Latin and Classics.

Elizabeth Vandiver was the 2013 recipient of the G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. She is the author of Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback 2013) and of several articles and book chapters on classical reception in early 20th century British literature. Her additional books and articles cover a wide variety of topics, including Herodotus’ Histories and Catullus’ poetry. Her translation of Johannes Cochlaeus’ Deeds and Writings of Martin Luther is the first published English translation of that book. Before coming to Whitman, Professor Vandiver taught at several different institutions, including Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1998 she won the American Philological Association’s “Excellence in Teaching” award, the most prestigious national teaching award for American classicists. She is well known outside academia as one of the most popular lecturers for the Teaching Company’s “Great Courses”; her recordings include courses on Homer, Virgil, Herodotus, Greek Tragedy, Classical Mythology, and Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition.