About Emily Wilson
Emily Wilson is professor of Classical Studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson attended Oxford University (Balliol College B.A. and Corpus Christi College M.Phil.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship and in 2019 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Philadelphia with her three daughters and three cats.
In November 2017, Wyatt Mason profiled Professor Wilson in The New York Times Magazine. "When I first read these lines early this summer in The Paris Review, which published an excerpt, I was floored. I’d never read an “Odyssey” that sounded like this. It had such directness, the lines feeling not as if they were being fed into iambic pentameter because of some strategic decision but because the meter was a natural mode for its speaker."
Follow Professor Wilson on Twitter @EmilyRCWilson. Professor Wilson frequently tweets about the Odyssey, translation, and her cats.
Additional interviews and profiles of Professor Wilson:
2019 MacArthur Fellow profile (September 25, 2019) by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
MLA Commons, From the Executive Director (June 18, 2019) “Translating Scholarship” by Paula M. Krebs
Los Angeles Review of Books (April 2, 2019) “Emily Wilson on Porous Boundaries and the World of Homer” by Robert Wood
Words Without Borders (August 22, 2018) "Women Translating the Classics: An Interview with Emily Wilson, Sholeh Wolpé, and Arshia Sattar" by Alta L. Price
Ekathimerini.com (May 21, 2018) "Emily Wilson talks about translating ‘The Odyssey’ by Lina Giannarou
Tor.com (May 3, 2018) "The Voices of The Odyssey: Emily Wilson On Language, Translation, and Culture" by Fran Wilde
Chicago Review of Books (January 16, 2018) "How Emily Wilson Translated ‘The Odyssey’" by Amy Brady
National Public Radio (December 24, 2017) "A Complicated Man, Outlined Clearly In Emily Wilson's New 'Odyssey'" heard on Weekend Edition Sunday with Lauren Frayer
Vox (November 20, 2017) "Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job" by Anna North
Recent podcast and radio appearances:
Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast (October 22, 2019) ”Chris Ofili and Emily Wilson”
The Spouter Inn (August 26, 2019) “Emily Wilson on the Odyssey”
Conversations with Tyler, Episode #63 (March 27, 2019) “Emily Wilson on Translations and Language”
In All Things Charity Podcast, Episode #57 (April 30, 2018) “The Art & Challenge of Translation with Dr. Emily Wilson”
Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan (February 18, 2018) WMC Live #237
The Slate Culture Gabfest (November 15, 2017) "Tell Me About A Complicated Man Edition"
Hammer Museum (UCLA) (October 24, 2018) “Some Favorite Writers: Emily Wilson”
Articles and essays inspired by Wilson:
Eidolon.com (September 7, 2018) "ABD and Pregnant: When Is the Right Time to Mix Classics and Motherhood?" by Sarah Scullin
Eidolon.com (August 31, 2018) "A Mother’s Odyssey: The Journey to Integrating the Roles of Scholar and Mother" by Jennifer S. Stager