This week, Dr. Laura Jansen, Lecturer in Classics at the University of Bristol and Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Humanities, will be staying at the CHS and using the library. Currently, Dr. Jansen is completing a monograph on Borges and antiquity for Cambridge University Press, titled Borges’ Classicism. She is also the editor of a new series of monographs by Bloomsbury Publishing on Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing. Her other publications include The Roman Paratext: Texts, Frames, Readers, which was published by Cambridge in May of 2014; her other work includes articles on paratextual readings in classical literature. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Classics, Princeton.
While at the CHS, Dr. Jansen will be carrying out research on the presence of Homer in Borges’ oeuvre. She will be exploring the role that Homer and the Homeric epics have in Borges’ brand of classicism, as well as in the construction of Borges’ own public and private autobiography. Her research will furthermore focus on the ways in which Borges transforms and globalizes the figure of Homer outside of the classical tradition in Europe, and it will consider the impact that Borges’ reception of Homer has on classical receptions after Borges in New World literature. She looks forward to discussing these key subjects with our current fellows at the CHS, who are like-minded in intellectual and classical pursuit.
Dr. Jansen is visiting under a grant, awarded to scholars around the world that could benefit from access to the Center’s library resources and from consulting and working with fellows on a short-term basis. The CHS is currently accepting applications for visits from January 27th to May 29th, 2016. To learn more, visit the CHS website.