Leverhulme Research Fellow
Research interests: Greek drama; choral song; Greek lyric, elegiac, and iambic poetry; early Greek epic
Before joining UCL, I studied and taught at Oxford, where I completed my BA, Masters, and doctorate at Magdalen College, then held a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, and was a stipendiary lecturer at New College. I am now a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL. I was originally raised in London, and am glad to be returning to the capital.
I am currently preparing a commentary on the 7th century BC poet Archilochus, famous in antiquity for his blame-poetry. My previous work focused on the relationship between the tragic chorus and other forms of choral song: my book on the subject was published by OUP in 2010. I have also worked more generally on Greek drama, and have published several articles, as well as a short book on Euripides’ Ion.
I am looking forward to teaching courses on Greek tragedy, comedy, and myth at UCL this year, and I am also academic advisor to the department's annual Greek drama production at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
- Euripides: Ion (Duckworth Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy). May 2008
- The Hidden Chorus: Echoes of Genre in Tragic Lyric (Oxford University Press). January 2010.
Articles and Chapters:
- "Mixed Choruses and Marriage Songs: A New Interpretation of the Third Stasimon of the Hippolytus". JHS 126 (2006): 125-40.
- "Sexual and Familial Distortion in Euripides' Phoenissae". TAPhA 139.1 (2009): 53-87.
- "The Symbolism of Space in Euripidean Choral Fantasy (Hipp. 732-75, Med. 824-65, Bacch. 370-433)". CQ 59.2 (2009): 364-82.
- "How to Make a Goddess Angry: Making Sense of the Demeter Ode in Euripides' Helen". Classical Philology 104.4 (2009): 418-38.
- "Epinician and Tragic Worlds: The Case of Sophocles' Trachiniae", forthcoming in Archaic and Classical Choral Song, eds L. Athanassaki and E. Bowie, de Gruyter (Trends in Classics), 2010.
- "Paeanic and Epinician Healing in Euripides' Alcestis", forthcoming in Greek Drama IV, eds J. Davidson and D. Rosenbloom, Oxbow, 2010.
- “Visual imagery in Parthenaic Song”. Forthcoming in The Look of Lyric, eds A. Lardinois, R. Martin and A.-E. Peponi.
- "Conflicting Identities in the Euripidean Chorus", forthcoming in Choral Mediations, eds R. Gagné and M. Hopman, CUP, 2011.
- "Euripides: Medea", in The Blackwell Companion to Euripides, ed. R. Mitchell-Boyask. Under commission (to appear in 2011).
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