Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Jesse Weiner presented a paper titled “Saxa loquuntur?: Archaeological Fantasies in Wilhelm Jensen’s Gradiva” at a conference on March 28. The conference, “The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Modern Fantasy,” was held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.
Weiner’s paper examined tensions between science and fantasy in Jensen’s Gradiva: A Pompeian Fantasy, a 1903 German novella set in Pompeii that influenced Freud.
According to its website, the annual conference explores “the intersections of ancient classics and modern science fiction and fantasy.”