Veronica Muskheli, 2021 PhD Graduate, Presents at Conference in Ljubljana

Submitted by Lani Phillips on

On June 3, 2021, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Veronica Muskheli, our recent PhD graduate, presented her talk "Sex, Seeing and Sjuzhet: Slavic Tales of Amor and Psyche Type" at the 12th Grošljev simpozij, a conference of Slovenian Classical scholars. This year's conference was devoted to depiction of love in antiquity. In her talk via Zoom, Veronica presented a comparative analysis of Resian/Slovenian, Russian, and Ukrainian tales and the "Cupid and Psyche" tale from Apuleius' Metamorphoses. Based on the structure of the tales, she has argued that the invisibility of the husband in these tales is a metaphor for the heroine initially not knowing the man in arranged marriages, which were characteristic of both ancient Greek and old Slavic traditions, and that the heroine's quest describes the difficulties of learning to know and love another person--her new husband.