ESP Biography

EL HUDSON, Wellesley junior studying Classics.

Major: Classics

College/Employer: Wellesley College

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

El Hudson is a third-year student (class of 2023) at Wellesley College, studying Classics. Her interests include Roman historiography, Attic tragedy, Latin epic, and Victorian science fiction. You can contact her at

Past Classes

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X14606: Introduction to TTRPG Adventure Writing in HSSP Summer 2021 (Jul. 10 - 31, 2021)
This course is an introduction to the art of writing game modules for tabletop roleplaying games, primarily focusing on the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Over the course of six weeks, we will read a number of pre-written adventure modules, learn to think critically about the design of adventures, and learn the principles of storytelling that make for fun gameplay. The course will culminate in each student writing their own adventure, which we'll discuss in class as well. *N.B. This class involves a time commitment of about 2 hours a week outside of class time, as students are expected to complete assigned reading in the first four weeks and write their own adventure at the end of the course.

H14619: Classical Greek Tragedy in HSSP Summer 2021 (Jul. 10 - 31, 2021)
What do we mean when we call something "tragic"? What are the parts that make up a tragedy, and how do they work? Where did tragedy even come from, anyway? This course will explore and interrogate the form, function, and substance of classical Athenian tragedy. We'll read selections in English from Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides, and discuss the plays in their social, historical, and literary contexts. In addition, we'll consider the reception of Greek tragedy in post-classical literature up to the modern day.

H14111: The Echo in the Forest: Literary Translation in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
Whether it was Antigone, The Cherry Orchard, or One Hundred Years of Solitude, you've probably studied at least one text in translation before. How close was that translation to the original? What kind of writers are translators, and what do they do in practice? Is a translation a creative work of its own, or simply a reproduction of someone else's text? In this course, we'll examine these questions and more through a combination of readings in basic translation theory and exercises in literary translation. You don't need to know an additional language to take this course, so don't worry! Instead, we might compare translations of the same text and discuss their differences, "reconstruct" an original text by combining translated versions, or experiment with translating in other media, like visual art or theatre. If you do know multiple languages and are interested in translating, however, there will be opportunities for you to translate texts and share your work as well.

H14128: Weird Fiction in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
The science fiction and horror genres are a major part of contemporary English-speaking culture, but where did they come from? This course will attempt to answer that question, as we take a deep dive into British and American writings on the fantastical and the terrible through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, often referred to collectively as "weird fiction." We'll start with Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," frequently described as the first science fiction novel; and we'll end with the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the so-called "father of American horror." Along the way, we'll examine the influence of socio-political, economic, and historical developments on these texts, as well as the contributions to genre fiction of the more "literary" movements of modernism, decadence, and Romanticism.

H14129: Roman Historical Epic in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
This course will be a very broad overview of the genre of Roman historical epic: that is, epic that concerns itself with the story of the Roman past. We'll read selections in Latin from Ennius's Annales, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Fasti and Metamorphoses, and Lucan's Pharsalia, complemented with English readings from various other ancient sources. Special attention will be paid to the problems of genre, the influence of actual Roman history on our texts, and in-detail analysis of the Latin. About half the class time will be devoted to translation, and the other half to discussion.

B12515: Reciting Ancient Greek in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Are you wondering what Homer sounded like? Want to impress your friends by reciting Sappho? It's time to let our your inner ῥήτωρ! In this class, we will do a crash course in the Greek alphabet and pronunciation of words, then move into an introduction of Ancient Greek meters. From there, we will spend time practicing recitations of authors like Homer, Sappho, Euripides, Aristophanes, and more. *nota bene: we will NOT be learning to translate Ancient Greek in this class, merely how to read it out loud.

H12539: The Amazing History of Rome in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
What do you picture when you think of Roman history? Grand battles, stunning betrayals, dashing generals, and brave gladiators, perhaps? Come and hear stories about all these things and more! This course is a short introduction to the history of Rome, spanning from its foundation by Romulus to the deposition of the last emperor. In addition to history, we will also touch on ancient Roman life, literature, philosophy, religion, and the sources we have that tell us what the world was like back then.

B12541: Dante in Context in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Have you ever wondered about Dante's Inferno? What is it? When and why was it written? Who are all the people mentioned in it, like Virgil, Guido Cavalcanti, Odysseus, and Nitokris? Who is this Dante guy, anyway? Come find out in this course! We will discuss who Dante was, the literary traditions his work built off of, and the historical, political, social, and philosophical contexts of Inferno and the larger Divine Comedy.