Though Thornton Wilder often incorporated classical characters, concepts, and settings into his writing, he had a particular preoccupation with the myth of Alcestis. My research into Wilder’s oeuvre focuses on the question: In what ways does Wilder use the mythical Alcestis to convey themes of love, death, and meaning in his 1955 play The Alcestiad? My thesis examines Alcestis’s search for meaning and how it intersects with divine love, self-sacrifice, and understanding one’s life and place in the world.
Natalie Eleanor Patterson is half-Cuban femme lesbian poet and editor from suburban Georgia and a senior at Salem College studying English and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Hunger Mountain, and more, and she has received Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations. Her debut chapbook, Plainhollow, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2021. She is an editor with Jacar Press and Sable Books.