We will explore just two of the innumerable aspects of the afterlife of Sappho, her iconic status amongst Lesbian women in mid-century San Francisco and recent controversies surrounding recent discoveries of fragments claimed to be poetry by Sappho.
See also these articles (among many interesting pieces on this blog):
And the Brill publication referenced therein:
Also, if we don’t have clear provenance for the “Newest Sappho” (or even the “New Sappho”) how do we know they aren’t forgeries?
Additional good reads:
•“Papyrology and Eurocentrism, Partners in Crime” by Usama A. Gad.
•Higgins, Charlotte. 2020. “A Scandal in Oxford: The Curious Case of the Stolen Gospel.” The Guardian, January 9, 2020, sec. News. http://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/jan/09/a-scandal-in-oxford-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel.
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Today I’m joined by two guest speakers: first, the scholar, novelist, and activist Cheryl Morgan; and second Jody Valentine, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Pomona College. Together, we will be exploring how modern gay, lesbian, and trans communities have seen their reflections, or something like them in antiquity, and how the ancient world has proved a source of inspiration and strength for social and political organization in the second half of the twentieth century.