A. G. Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek Literature
Office hours: On leave 2014-2015
Research interests: Greek literature, especially tragedy, Lucian, and the ancient novel; reception of Greek drama in postcolonial contexts; the Classical tradition in Latin America
Before joining UCL, I studied Classics on both sides of the Atlantic: at Wellesley (BA 2003), King’s College Cambridge (BA 2005), and Princeton (MA 2008, PhD 2011). Following the completion of my doctorate at Princeton, I returned to Cambridge where I taught various topics in Classics and English at several colleges. Having been raised in New York, I am happy to be based once again in a global city and to join UCL starting September 2012.
My research interests range broadly across the spectrum of Greek literature and its afterlife: from fifth century tragedy, to the Greek literature of the Roman Empire, to the reception of classical drama in the modern world. At present I am working on four book projects, all of which address my main interests of ancient Greek drama and its modern reception. I am completing a monograph entitled Playing the Chorus: Greek Tragedy Beyond the Choral Ode, which builds on my Princeton PhD dissertation on tragic amoibaia and lyric exchanges. It provides a systematic account of the varied and experimental ways in which actors and chorus interact in tragedy, and explores the manner in which tragedians repeatedly revisit the genre’s choral origins by continually reforming and adapting the choral role beyond the singing of odes. With Thomas Coward (KCL) and Theodora Hadjimichael (LMU Munich) I am editing a volume on the interplay between Greek Lyric and Tragedy in fifth-century Athens stemming from the Paths of Song conference held at UCL in 2013. I have also begun another book project on twentieth century re-imaginings of Greek tragedy and comedy in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico), and with Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (Saint Joseph's University, USA) I am editing a volume on the rich and varied afterlife of ancient Greek and Roman drama in Latin America, building on the recent conference at UCL. Additionally, I am an affiliate member of the Postclassicisms Network.
At UCL I teach a range of courses on classical language, literature, culture, and reception. I also serve as the academic adviser for the UCL annual classical play at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
Articles and Chapters
- 'Revolutionizing Greek Tragedy in Cuba: Virgilio Piñera’s Electra Garrigó', forthcoming in K. Bosher, F. Macintosh, J. McConnell, and P. Rankine (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (OUP 2015), pp. 361-379
- 'Charicleia the Martyr: Heliodorus and Early Christian Narrative', in M. P. Futre Pinheiro, J. Perkins, R. Pervo (eds.), The Ancient Novel and the Early Christian and Jewish Narrative: Fictional Intersections (Ancient Narrative Supplementum 16: Barkhuis 2013), pp. 139-152
- 'Lucian', in R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. Huebner (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell 2012), pp. 4155-4156
- Review of C. W. Marshall, The Structure and Performance of Euripides' Helen (Cambridge 2014), forthcoming in Classical Journal
- Review of J. Billings, F. Budelmann, and F. Macintosh (eds.), Choruses, Ancient and Modern (Oxford 2013), forthcoming in Classical World 108.3 (Spring 2015)
- Review of G. Harrison and V. Liapis (eds.), Performance in Greek and Roman Theatre
(Brill 2013), Classical World 108.1 (Fall 2014), pp.137-138
- Review of S. Montiglio, Love and Providence: Recognition in the Ancient Novel (Oxford 2013), Classical Review 64.1 (April 2014), pp. 87-89
- Review of K. Ormand (ed.), A Companion to Sophocles (Wiley-Blackwell 2012), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.01.24
- Review of L. A. Swift, The Hidden Chorus: Echoes of Genre in Tragic Lyric (Oxford 2010), Classical World 106.2 (Winter 2013), pp. 292-293
General Essays on Greek Drama
- 'The Oresteia and the Ambiguities of Revenge'
- 'Bacchae: A Divine Tragedy'
- 'Hippolytus Redux'
- 'Euripides' Trojan Women: A Tragedy of Survivors'
- 'Aristophanes' Socrates in Context'
Recent Presentations (selection):
- 'Revolutionizing Greek Tragedy in Cuba', Classical Reception Seminar Series, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, 5 March 2015 (invited)
- ‘Greek Fidelity in Fidel’s Cuba: Antón Arrufat’s Los Siete Contra Tebas', Classics & Communism in Theatre, University of Warsaw, Poland, 15-17 January 2015 (invited)
- Tragedy and Revolución: Adapting Greek Drama in Fidel’s Cuba’, Classics in Extremis International Conference, University of Durham, 6-7 July 2014 (invited)
- ‘Distorting the Lysistrata Paradigm in Puerto Rico: Francisco Arriví’s Club de Solteros,’ Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage International Conference, University College London, 24-26 June 2014
- ‘Chorus of One: Encroaching on the Choral Role in Greek Tragedy,’ Classics Research Seminar, University of Reading, 12 March 2014 (invited)
- ‘Pedro Henríquez Ureña et la naissance de la tragédie grecque en Amérique latine,’ Colloque International Les Classiques aux Amériques: Réécritures des classiques grecs et latins sur le continent américain et dans les Caraïbes, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 10-12 October 2013
- ‘Revisiting Hyporchêmata in Greek Tragedy,’ Paths of Song: Interactions Between Greek Lyric and Tragedy International Conference, University College London, 11-13 April 2013
- ‘Greek Tragedy in the Modern World,’ public panel discussion (with Fiona Macintosh, Pantelis Michelakis, Miriam Leonard), Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 19 March 2013 (invited)
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