Dancing Bodies, Learned Ladies, and Elastic Moralities in Ancient Rome


Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 4:15pm to 5:45pm


Smith College. Neilson Library Browsing Room

RCC is pleased to announce this talk by RCC Fellow Zoa Alonso Fernández, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of the Classics at Harvard University.

Abstract: Taking into account a series of Latin elegiac poems and satiric epigrams as well as funerary inscriptions from the Early Imperial Period, Zoa Alonso Fernández argues that dance constituted a space for female intellectual discourse in Ancient Rome. However, the association of dancing with lax morality complicated these women's channels of intellectual authority. Alonso Fernández interrogates the figure of the docta puella ('learned girl') as both a model of real female agency and a literary ideal that embodied the patriarchal discourse of Roman male imagination.

Sponsor(s): Department of Dance at Smith College, Department of Classical Languages and Literatures at Smith College, Program in the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, Five College Dance Department.

Contact(s): Zoa Alonso Fernández

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