Female Voices and Values in Epigrams of Mourning

Anyte of Tegea and Emily Dickinson

AMANDA KUBIC (Washington University)

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Abstract:   In this essay, Amanda Kubic discusses how both Anyte and Dickinson react to their prominent male poetic predecessors and contemporaries as well as to their socio-historical circumstances by appropriating male, heroic modes of expression and introducing feminine values and perspectives into the traditionally masculine literary context of the epigram.


About the Author:    Amanda Kubic is an MA candidate in Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. In May 2016, Amanda graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Classics, and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. Amanda wrote an undergraduate honors thesis entitled “Women’s Relationships in Sappho’s poetry,” and continues to work on female-authored ancient texts as a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. Some of her other research interests include representations of gender and sexuality in Greek and Latin poetry and the reception of classical texts in the Modernist period of English literature.