Oberlin College and Conservatory

Seneca's Ugly Feelings

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:30pm

King Building, 101
10 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Chiara Graf is a PhD student in Classics at the University of Toronto, and the winner of the 2018 John J. Winkler Prize in Classics.  

She will deliver her prize-winning essay in a public talk.  

Drawing in part on Ngai’s concept of “stuplimity,” Graf argues that the evocative descriptions of natural disasters in Seneca’s Natural Questions perform philosophical work: “by overstimulating and consequently dulling the subject and by portraying a universe geared toward his destruction, Seneca’s style aims to diminish the inflated ego of the human subject.”

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Academic, Classics

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Kirk Ormand

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