In this five-week course, participants will explore The Odyssey as a story of a man trying to come home physically from Troy but emotionally and spiritually as well. His is a magical, fantastical journey that may be almost entirely fiction, but it is also a journey for his wife and son as they navigate his absence and return. During the first week, we’ll cover the intro and background around Homer, the Trojan Cycle and the Nostos stories. The following weeks we’ll read 6 books ahead, and then discuss the rich discoveries of the text as a group.
Note: This is a "Zoom Plus One" event. You can add a guest for free!
Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and the author of ten books including Museum of Objects Burned by the Souls in Purgatory and Half/Life: New and Selected Poems from Alice James Books, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and From the Fishouse. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.
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