At the 2018 annual meeting of the SCS in Boston, Jennifer Weintritt, an undergraduate alumna, won the Women’s Classical Caucus Graduate Student Paper award and the Lambda Classical Caucus Graduate Student Paper award for her paper, “Textual and Sexual Hybridity: Gender in Catullus 63.” The paper examines the unspoken assumptions about gender that textual critics and commentators reveal in their handling of the six disputed gender markers in the poem. Using a narratological approach, Jennifer offers a new reading that avoids psychologizing in favor of seeing multiple, conflicting perspectives on Attis’ gender in the poem.
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the Classics department in 2012 with a major in Classics and a minor in French. She wrote her honors thesis, supervised by Professors Adam Becker and David Konstan, on the desire for God in Augustine’s Confessions and its origins in classical literature. She was honored to give the student commencement address at her graduation, where Professor Michael Peachin, her undergraduate advisor, delivered the faculty address.
Now a 5th year Ph.D. student in Classical Philology at Yale University, Jennifer is writing her dissertation on the reception of the Epic Cycle as a conceptual model for entering and expanding the literary canon by Augustan and early Imperial poets. Her other research interests include authorship, narratology, mythography, textual criticism, history of scholarship, gender and sexuality studies, and second language pedagogy. She has taught intermediate and advanced Greek and Latin, including a course on Roman Myth and Pastoral featuring comparative work on Roman and American nostalgia. She is also involved in Digital Humanities initiatives at Yale, namely the Digital Propertius Project.