Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception
On Research Leave in 2014-15.
Research interests: Greek literature and philosophy; reception; history of modern European thought; critical theory
After completing my PhD (Cambridge, 2002) I taught for six years in the Bristol Classics department. I joined the UCL department in September 2007. I have been a visiting scholar at Duke and Stanford and am currently the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize.
My research explores the intellectual history of classics in modern European thought from the eighteenth century to the present. I examine how an engagement with the classical past has given rise to a particular understanding of modernity.
I have taught a wide range of options in Latin and Greek language and literature as well as courses in Reception, Philosophy and Critical Theory.
- Tragic Modernities (Harvard University Press, 2015)
- Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity; co-edited with Joshua Billings (Oxford University Press, 2015)
- Socrates and the Jews: Hellenism and Hebraism from Moses Mendelssohn to Sigmund Freud (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
- Derrida and Antiquity; editor (Oxford University Press, 2010)
- Classical Reception and the Political; edited with Yopie Prins (special issue of thejournal Cultural Critique, 2010)
- How to Read Ancient Philosophy (Granta, 2008)
- Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought; co-edited with Vanda Zajko (Oxford University Press, 2006)
- Athens in Paris: Ancient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Selected Articles and Chapters:
- 'Freud and Tragedy: Oedipus and the Gender of the Universal', Classical Receptions Journal, 5.1 2013, 63-83
- 'Tragedy and the Seductions of Philosophy', Cambridge Classical Journal, 2012, 145-164
- ‘Prometheus and the Pentateuch: Feuerbach, Marx and the Genesis of Secular Anti-Semitism’, thesis eleven, 2010, 55-75
- ‘Greeks, Jews and the Enlightenment: Moses Mendelssohn’s Socrates’, Cultural Critique, 2010
- 'Derrida between "Greek" and "Jew"', in M.Leonard (ed.) Derrida and Antiquity (OUP, 2010), 135-158
- 'Reception' in G. Boys-Stone, B.Graziosi and P. Vasunia (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies, (OUP, 2009), 835-846
- Oedipus in the Accusative: Derrida and Levinas’, Comparative Literature Studies, 2008, 224-251
- ‘History and Theory: Moses and Monotheism and the Historiography of the Repressed’ in Lorna Hardwick and Christopher Stray (eds) A Companion to Classical Reception, (Blackwell, 2008), 207-218
- ‘The Uses of Reception: Derrida and the Historical Imperative’ in Charles Martindale/Richard Thomas (eds) Classics and The Uses of Reception (Blackwell 2006), 116-126
- ‘Tragic Will and the Subject of Politics’, Phoenix 2005, 133-42
- ‘Antigone, the political and the ethics of psychoanalysis’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 2003, 130-154
- ‘Politiques de l’amitié: Derrida’s Greeks and a National Politics of Classical Scholarship’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 2000, 45-78
- ‘Creating a Dawn: Writing through Antiquity in the Works of Hélène Cixous’ in Arethusa 2000, 121-148
- ‘Irigaray’s Cave: Feminist Theory and the Politics of French Classicism’, Ramus 1999, 152-168
Ongoing and Future Projects:
- editor with Brooke Holmes and Tim Whitmarsh of OUP series Classics in Theory
- member of Postclassicisms Network
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