A. G. Leventis Research Fellow in Greek
Office hours: Term 2: Thursdays 13:00-14:00 and by appointment.
Research interests: Greek literature, especially tragedy, Lucian, and the ancient novel; reception of Greek drama in postcolonial contexts.
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. I am currently completing a monograph that builds on my PhD dissertation on tragic lyric exchanges entitled Playing the Chorus in Greek Tragedy. 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 stemming from the recent Paths of Song conference at UCL. I have also begun another project on twentieth century re-imaginings of Greek tragedy and comedy in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and with Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (Saint Joseph's University, USA) I am organising a major international conference that will address the rich and varied afterlife of ancient Greek and Roman drama in Latin America.
At UCL I teach a range of language and literature courses. I also serve as the academic adviser for the department’s annual classical play at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
- 'Revolutionizing Greek Tragedy in Cuba: Virgilio Piñera’s Electra Garrigó', forthcoming in K. Bosher, F. MacIntosh, J. McConnell, and P. Rankine (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (OUP 2014)
- '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 G. Harrison and V. Liapis (eds.), Performance in Greek and Roman Theatre (Brill 2013), forthcoming in Classical World
- 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 Kirk Ormand (ed.), A Companion to Sophocles (Wiley-Blackwell 2012), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.01.24
- Review of Laura A. Swift, The Hidden Chorus: Echoes of Genre in Tragic Lyric (Oxford 2010), Classical World 106.2 (Winter 2013), pp. 292-293
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