DECOLONIZING THE CLASSICS CURRICULUM IN SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES WITH EURIPIDES’ HIPPOLYTUS

M Lambert

Abstract


In this article, the author argues that reading Euripides’ Hippolytus
with a class of non-Classics students, during nation-wide student
protests at one of South Africa’s universities in 2016, contributed
more to the decolonization of the Humanities curriculum than the
course’s focus on how the discipline of Classics was (and is) used to
entrench eurocentric cultural hegemony. In tackling the ‘rape
culture’, which infests many of our campuses, and its roots in
familial psycho-sexual dynamics, which could result in the kinds of
sexual repression, sexual anxiety and rampant misogyny, which
seem to characterize campus ‘rape culture’, the author argues that a
return to psychoanalytic interpretations of Euripides’ fine play could
help classicists refine what ‘decolonization’ of the Classics
curriculum means in practice.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/64-0-1009

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