UW Professor Stephen Hinds Delivers Winter 2014 Katz Lecture

A scholar of international standing, Stephen Hinds (Classics) investigates poetry across languages: he explores moments of connection between texts which approach the condition of translation without quite being the same as translation. For his Winter 2014 Katz lecture, he examines the work of two poets: Andrew Marvell and William Wordsworth.

According to Hinds, the works of Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) contain paired English and Latin poems which were clearly meant to be read together. Focusing on Marvell’s famous The Garden alongside its lesser-known twin, Hortus, the first half of his lecture asks what is at stake when Marvell translates Latin into English, and English into Latin. 

William Wordsworth (1770-1850), who began and then abandoned a translation of the Aeneid, had a long and anxious relationship with the classical tradition. In the second half of the talk, Hinds visits Wordsworth’s classical laboratory, focusing on the post-Virgilian Laodamia and the Greek-inspired Dion.  

Titled “Marvell’s Latin and Wordsworth’s Greek: Literature and Literalism in the Classical Tradition,” his lecture takes place in Kane 110 on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Stephen Hinds is Professor of Classics and Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington. He is the author of Allusion and Intertext: Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Poetry (Cambridge, 1998). With Denis Feeney, he co-founded and co-edits the Cambridge book series Roman Literature and Its Contexts (thirteen volumes, with two more to come). He is working on “Poetry across Languages,” a book that explores the cross-linguistic and intercultural relations of Latin literature.

Hind is also the recipient of a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, which he will take in the 2014-15 academic year.  

The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served in many capacities for fifty-three years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Katz Lectures