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“Greek Characters Erasing in the Weather”: The Politics of Memory during the AIDS Crisis

By Emilio Capettini

During the fifteen years that separate the first New York Times article describing “a rare cancer” affecting gay men (1981) and the introduction of the antiretroviral therapy that has transformed HIV/AIDS from a fatal disease into a chronic illness (1996), many queer writers and artists examined and contested the politics of representation and of memory surrounding the epidemic.

The Imaginary Antiquity of Physical Culture

By Peter Miller

When a statue on the Acropolis comes to life, befriends a Harvard professor, and wins the proverbial ‘big game,’ we are clearly in the realm of extended – and we might imagine, peculiarly Classical – fantasy. This plotline, perhaps surprisingly, comes from a short story found in one of the first physical fitness magazines published in the United States. Physical Culture was founded and edited by fitness impresario Bernarr Macfadden (1868-1955).

Dining like Nero: Antiquity and Immersive Dining Experiences in late 19th-century and early 20th-century New York

By Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis

During the 19th century, restaurants began to supplant taverns as the primary venues for dining and social interaction in New York City. By the late 19th century, socializing started to shift away from entertaining at home to restaurants, where both the established blue-bloods of New York Society and newly minted millionaires dined. The rapid turn-over in New York’s economic elite meant that the opportunity to display one’s wealth publicly was critical to affirm one’s status.

Colonial and Post-Colonial Representations of the Classics in the works of two mulatto writers in Brazil

By Andrea Kouklanakis

The purpose of this paper is to add to the body of studies on colonial and post-colonial black writers who incorporate or appropriate the classics in their works. When considering the subject of classical reception in the works of black writers in the Americas, in regards to issues of racial and national identity, one would do well to look towards Brazil. Most African slaves brought into the continent during the colonial period (1500- 1820’s) ended up there, and Brazil remains the country with the largest black population outside of Africa (50.7% of the overall population).