Translating Ovid’s Sexual Violence with Stephanie McCarter and Jia Tolentino
Stephanie McCarter has taught at Sewanee since 2008. She received a BA in Classics and English from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000 and an MA (2002) and PhD (2007) in Classics from the University of Virginia. At Sewanee she teaches Greek and Latin courses at all levels as well as courses in translation, and she is active in Sewanee’s interdisciplinary Humanities program. Her research tends to center on the Latin poetry of the early Roman Empire, especially in relation to its philosophical and historical contexts. She also has research and teaching interests in women, gender and sexuality in Greco-Roman antiquity. She is the author of Horace between Freedom and Slavery: The First Book of Epistles and is currently working on a translation of Horace's Odes and Epodes. She additionally enjoys writing on Classics for non-academic audiences and has had essays appear in online venues such as Eidolon, Literary Hub, and The Millions.
Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker whose recent work includes a Profile of the attorney Gloria Allred, a review of the literature on the millennial generation, and essays on the ongoing cultural reckoning about sexual assault. Previously, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, attended the University of Virginia on a Jefferson Scholarship, served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, and received an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Michigan. Her criticism has appeared in the Times Magazine, Grantland, the Awl, Pitchfork, The Fader, Time, and Slate.