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World Literature, The Odyssey, Translation, Homer, Emily Wilson


In this episode, we chat with Abigail Murphy--a graduate student in Comparative Literature--about her take on teaching World Literature here at Binghamton. She explains how translation and its politics play a large part in how we think about literature, especially when we think about ancient texts. She tells use about her class and what thematic issues students responded to. Our conversation focuses on a new translation of The Odyssey by Emily Wilson: the first woman to translate this text into English. We discuss translator’s bias, and what producing a feminist translation of The Odyssey entails. Abby reads us an excerpt from this text to close out the show.