October 25, 2014
1:15PM Saturday, October 19
Old South Sanctuary, 645 Boylston Street
Explore the powerful tropes of the hero and antihero with our engaging panelists. Beloved Harvard professor and authority on Homeric studies Gregory Nagy, author of The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, argues that our conception of the hero is very different from that of the ancient Greeks. Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman, whose new book, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined), looks at the bad guys. Meanwhile, Claire Messud, whose wrenching The Woman Upstairs is called “an astonishing feat of creative imagination” by Kirkus Reviews, presents a female Dostoevskian antihero. Joseph Koerner, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, moderates.