Tragedy and national identity in Hélisenne de Crenne’s Aeneid I-IV - 30/11/2019, London (England)
FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 30/11/2019
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Senate House (London, England)
Dr Sharon Marshall (University of Exeter)
‘Tragedy and national identity in Hélisenne de Crenne’s Aeneid I-IV’
In 1541, writing under the pseudonym Hélisenne de Crenne, the French noblewoman Marguerite Briet produced a translation of the first four books of Virgil’s Aeneid that remains largely unknown. As a female author better known for her prose romances, Hélisenne provides a sixteenth-century woman’s perspective on the Aeneid, and on classical literature more generally, emerging as a serious participant in the humanist tradition who contributes to contemporary debates through a bold and authoritative reworking of Virgil’s work.