Healing through Theater: Syrian and Korean Perspectives on The Trojan Women

December 6, 2023 | 4-5 p.m. | Humanities Gateway 1030

This joint talk considers Euripides’ Trojan Women, a timeless tragedy about the devastating effects of war on the defenseless female population of Troy, from the vantage point of two non-western, contemporary performances of the play, one Syrian and the other Korean. The gendered, political, and aesthetic emphases of these cross-cultural contacts across millennia illuminate both Euripides’ play in its historical moment and the global reception of his vision by people still suffering the ravages of violence and war.


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HaLi Boyce, B.A., English | Psychological Science (UC Irvine, 2023)

HaLi Boyce graduated from UC Irvine in June 2023 with a B.A. in both English and Psychological Science. She has worked on projects that examine mental health in populations that have gone through traumatic or difficult experiences. Her research interests include the manifestation of trauma, the development of mental illness, evidence-based interventions, and resilience in underserved communities.

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Zina Giannopoulou, Associate Professor, Classics | European Languages and Studies

Zina Giannopoulou is an Associate Professor of Classics and an affiliate of European Languages and Studies. She has written extensively on comparative classicisms, the intersections between philosophy and literature/film, eco-poetics, and critical theory. She is currently completing a monograph on receptions of Plato’s allegory of the Cave in late twentieth-century literature and film.

Co-sponsored by: Classics, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religious Studies, Center for Critical Korean Studies, East Asian Studies, Film and Media Studies, Humanities Core, and the New Swan Shakespeare Center

Images: Tristram Kenton, Korean Culture Center UK