A. G. Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek Literature
Office hours: On Research Leave Term 1 (2015-2016)
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: I hold BA degrees from Wellesley and King’s College Cambridge, and an MA and PhD from Princeton. I also supervised various topics in Classics and English at several colleges in Cambridge. At UCL I teach a range of courses on classical language, literature, culture, and reception. I additionally serve as the academic adviser for the UCL annual classical play at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
At present I am completing two book projects on the lyric dimension of Greek tragedy. The first is a monograph entitled Playing the Chorus: Greek Tragedy Beyond the Choral Ode, which offers a new interpretation of the tragic chorus, providing an account of their interactions with actors and particularly the manner in which their songs are adapted or transformed to incorporate novel happenings and interruptions from the stage. Through an investigation that gives equal weight to the three great tragedians, I contend that each playwright revisits tragedy's choral origins by continually reforming and adapting the role of the chorus beyond the singing of odes. With Thomas Coward (KCL) and Theodora Hadjimichael (LMU Munich) I am also 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.
While at UCL I have also been developing a second major research strand on Hellenic Classicisms in Latin America. 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 the region, building on the Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage conference which I organised at UCL in June 2014.
In addition to the A. G. Leventis Foundation, my research has been supported by the British Academy, the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Articles and Chapters
- 'Revolutionizing Greek Tragedy in Cuba: Virgilio Piñera’s Electra Garrigó', 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), Classical World 108.3 (Spring 2015): 443-444
- 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'
I enjoy communicating both my research and passion for the ancient Greek world with diverse audiences in a variety of media. Below is a selection of recent appearances:
- On Ancient and Modern Debt Crises (min 12-19), BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, 05/07/2015
- 'Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage', Classics Confidential
- 'A Puerto Rican Lysistrata', Classics Confidential
- ‘Greek Tragedy in the Modern World,’ part of a public panel discussion (with Fiona Macintosh, Pantelis Michelakis, Miriam Leonard) organised by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
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