Tokens of remembrance: my mum’s earrings

My mum loved jewellery. When she died in May of this year, my brother and I sat around the coffee table at my parents’ house emptying boxes and bags of it, deciding what to keep or throw. She had amassed it over her lifetime, some from family – her mother had a similar penchant –Continue reading “Tokens of remembrance: my mum’s earrings”

The question of sympathy in Medea and Beloved (a sister post to my last)

It must be near impossible for anyone writing or reading about infanticide to avoid recalling Medea, whether consciously or not. When I set out to write about Beloved, this was the classical text that immediately came to mind but somehow, the comparison just didn’t seem to work. This was partly because I knew that IContinue reading “The question of sympathy in Medea and Beloved (a sister post to my last)”

In which I muse on some of the things I found interesting about memory in Toni Morrison’s Beloved…

When I set out to write this piece, I only knew that I was interested in the idea of ‘rememory’ in Beloved. I thought I might compare the text to something ancient Greek, as I usually do, and wondered about infanticide (Medea), trauma (Electra, Hecuba) and collective, communicative trauma (as in my PhD work onContinue reading “In which I muse on some of the things I found interesting about memory in Toni Morrison’s Beloved…”

5F Form Scholars Talk – Complete forgetting and the wax tablet: an introduction to cultural and political memory via Homer and Plato

This afternoon, I’m going to ask you to think about some concepts which were at the centre of my PhD, not just because I find them interesting and know a bit about them, but because I hope that by thinking about them, you might look at the societies around you – the school, your families,Continue reading “5F Form Scholars Talk – Complete forgetting and the wax tablet: an introduction to cultural and political memory via Homer and Plato”

The First World War in Pat Barker’s ‘The Silence of the Girls’

Back in 2019, I set out to read all the new novels about the Trojan War, focalised on the perspectives of various ‘silent’ women in the Iliad. I didn’t get very far, because though I found it an interesting enough exercise, they left me rather cold. This is not because I’m some sort of HomericContinue reading “The First World War in Pat Barker’s ‘The Silence of the Girls’”

Perseus and Andromeda in ‘The House of Mirth’

Finally, a new post! I’ve been thinking about this one for a while now but in this school term of COVID-19 protocols plus all the usual practice exams and reports, I have not had the head space to get anything together. This one is not so grounded in scholarship as the last two but I’mContinue reading “Perseus and Andromeda in ‘The House of Mirth’”

The Birthday Party and Oedipus

Not natural bedfellows perhaps but maybe that doesn’t matter to Oedipus… I’m not entirely sure how much this adds to scholarship on either play but the comparison of the texts was very interesting for me as I hope it will be for others. Again, I’m slightly on edge about its unpolished state but I’m keenContinue reading “The Birthday Party and Oedipus”

Lady Macbeth and Hecuba – an exploration of trauma

Guess who has been working all hours on this post and 0 hours on her reports? This post draws heavily on Chapter 2 of my thesis in which I explore traumatic memory in Euripides’ Hecuba. It has been cut heavily to suit the demands of the post, so if you are interested in reading myContinue reading “Lady Macbeth and Hecuba – an exploration of trauma”

Tragic Geek launches!

In 2017, I finished my PhD in ancient Greek literature, about the relationship between memory – individual, collective and cultural – and the formation of political societies. I explored the ways in which represented remembering and forgetting in the Odyssey, Euripides’ Trojan Women and Plato’s Theatetus, forged political communities and allegiances both in the worldContinue reading “Tragic Geek launches!”