I had the honor of attending a virtual event with Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe. This was an event that was part of Attleboro’s 1ABC program in partnership with the Attleboro Public Library and BSU. Dr. Kevin Kalish, Associate Professor of English at BSU, hosted the discussion.
The main topic was Miller’s technique of writing characters from Greek mythology that don’t get to show their perspectives. With members of the LGBTQ community and women being notable examples of this. It was interesting to learn about Miller’s reasoning for this, which she claims is to give readers an underrepresented point of view.
She also discussed taking what was implicit in the original and bringing it to the foreground. This is done a lot in Circe. Overall, it was a fascinating and in-depth look at Miller’s work.
There was also a conversation about Miller’s process of adapting classic stories. This took up the second half of the event and pretty much where it ended.
To conclude, I enjoyed learning about Miller’s techniques and her career as a writer.