Jennifer Gillespie Rhodes,
Department of Italian,
"Wagner's Influence on Turn-of-the-Century European Novelists",
Jennifer Rhodes is a Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities. She holds a PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2017). Her research investigates the ways in which narratives travel across the permeable membranes of language, culture, medium, and time. This talk will explore these pathways with regard to one particular type of narrative: the descent into hell. How do artists represent the unrepresentable? In what ways can language and sound shift to accommodate the needs of this journey? By exploring dimensions of narrative descents in the works of Dante Alighieri, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Richard Wagner, and Hector Berlioz, this talk will explore ways in which innovations in language and sound can adapt form to (otherworldly) function.
First Thursday Graduate Scholar Talks take place the first Thursday of each month during the academic year. The talks provide young scholars an opportunity to make a generalist presentation on their research to a cross-disciplinary audience ready to listen carefully and ask good questions. EPIC members help give the Ph.D. students a useful learning experience and at the same time learn about something that may be well beyond their own scholarly interests. Complimentary lunch provided. RSVP required.