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September 09, 2011

The Confucius Institute at U-M presents: Lecture on Chinese and Greek literatures

The Significance of China and Greece for a Theory of World Literature

Lecture by Alexander Beecroft
Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 4pm
Classical Studies Library, 2175 Angel Hall, 435 S. State, Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public.

Alexander Beecroft received a BA (Honours) in Classics from University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 1995 and completed his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 2003. Professor Beecroft specializes in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome and of China to the end of the Six Dynasties era (AD 600). He is particularly interested in archaic Greek epic, lyric and tragedy, Roman lyric and elegiac poetry, and Shi Jing, Chu Ci and early shi poetry in China. Other research focuses include anthropological and linguistic approaches to literature, cross-cultural poetics, world literature, models of intercultural literary interaction and the poetics of gender and sexuality in ancient cultures. He is the author of Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation, published by Cambridge University Press in February 2010.

The talk is part of "The Classical in Modern Times: A Year on China and Greece" – a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at U-M and the Modern Greek Program.

Questions should be addressed to confucius[at]umich[dot]edu.

Posted by zzhu at September 9, 2011 09:33 PM