SURF

Eva Kerins

Blindness and Brilliance: Homer's Disability, Landscapes, and Language

Working from the traditional canon of Homeric work and analysis, this project will explore the implications of disability, particularly blindness, and its relationships to the landscapes and language of Homer. After broadly defining the classical interpretations of disability, the project will explore how blindness is linguistically represented in Homer’s work and analyze, through research, his life and the landscapes he occupied and illustrated. The project will employ the concept of enargeia, a Homeric idea translated by Alice Oswald as “bright unbearable reality,” to contextualize the representation of blindness as divinely manifested, physically mapped, and linguistically metaphorized in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, keeping in mind the likely apocryphal tradition of Homer as a blind poet. As the project analyzes Homeric simile and its relationship to physical landscapes and environments, it will attempt to edify the intersectionality of landscape, language, disability, and the navigation between them, both metaphorically and literally.

Message to Sponsor

Allow me to express my sincere and ardent gratitude for the opportunities presented by the SURF Fellowship and its donors. The pursuits of my passion, especially those academic and professional passions, are only made possible through your generosity and consideration. Thank you for being as passionate about the originality and creativity of the upcoming generation as I am!
  • Major: English
  • Sponsor: Anselm A&H Fund
  • Mentor: Mario Telo, Lucy Sirianni, and Sue Schweik