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Academic Year 2015-16

heinz bluhm memorial lecture series

Jonathan Culler

“Barthes in America/America in Barthes”

Keynote address by Jonathan Culler, Cornell University

Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14
Stokes Hall Auditorium

Conference Program

Friday, November 13

5:00 p.m.      Opening Remarks, Kevin Newmark, Boston College 

5.15 p.m.      “Barthes in America/America in Barthes”           
                    Keynote address by Jonathan Culler, Cornell University

6:00 p.m.      Reception
                    Free and open to the public
                    Refreshments will be served

Saturday, November 14

9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.    
                    Graduate Conference   

5:00 p.m.      Roundtable with a Response to Jonathan Culler's 
                    Keynote by Larysa Smirnova, Boston College

5:45 p.m.      Closing Remarks, Mattia Acetoso, Boston College

PDF of complete program

Sheila Murnaghan

"The Stuff of Children's Playthings: Nathaniel Hawthorne's Greek Mythology"

Professor Sheila Murnaghan, Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

In two pioneering volumes, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (1851) and Tanglewood Tales (1853), Nathaniel Hawthorne transformed classical mythology into pleasure reading for children. As he retold the myths for a new audience, he was clear about the need to suppress darker themes of sexuality and depravity that were present in the mind of the adult story-teller and in the books for adults that he was writing during the same period.  This lecture will examine the rhetorical and visual strategies through which Hawthorne and some of his illustrators negotiated the intersection between childhood ignorance and adult knowledge.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
5:30 p.m., Gasson Hall 305 Auditorium