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Sarah Derbew: Black Egyptian Greeks: Flexible Identities in Aeschylus' Suppliant Women

February 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Building 360, Rm 361K

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Talk Description: Taking cues from performance studies and critical race theory, Sarah will analyze the double performativity of race and identity in Aeschylus’ Suppliant Women. She will assert that the Danaids are sophisticated performers who successfully undermine the relevance of their physical alterity and assert their hybrid identity as black Egyptian Greeks. 

Sarah Derbew is a Ph.D. candidate in Classics at Yale University. Her dissertation, entitled “The Metatheater of Blackness: Looking at and through Black Skin Color in Ancient Greek Literature and Art,” presents an interconnected argument about the capacity for critical and self-reflexive theorizations of race and cultural identity in the “Greek” Mediterranean from the fifth century BCE to the third century CE.

Event Sponsor: 
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Department of Classics
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