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Biography

Originally from Brighton, I gained my BA, MPhil and PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge (2009-18). I then worked in Oxford for a year as Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics at Magdalen College, before returning to Cambridge to take up a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College (2019-23). Newly arrived in Scotland and St Andrews, I am thrilled to be joining the School as Lecturer in Latin Literature.

Teaching activity

In 2023/24 I am contributing lectures, tutorials and seminars to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Latin and Classical Studies, including (at Subhonours level) ‘Culture and Thought in the Late Roman Republic’, ‘Images of Augustan Rome’, ‘Ancient Origins, Modern Worlds’, ‘World of Latin’ and ‘Latin Language and Literature’. At Honours level, I am contributing teaching to ‘Augustan Elegy’, ‘Roman Biography’ and ‘Epic Latin’, and in semester 2 I will coordinate and teach a new module on ‘Roman Literature & Queer Theory’. At graduate level, I contribute to the MLitt ‘Latin Literary Culture’ module.

I would be very happy to supervise postgraduate dissertations in any of the areas listed in this profile, as well as:

  • Latin literature, mainly c. 1st century BCE to 2nd century CE, but extending into late antiquity
  • Roman pastoral writing
  • Anonymity, forgery, impersonation and textual transformation
  • Literary classical reception, especially in Anglophone writing of the last two centuries
  • Classics and queer studies
  • Ancient literary criticism, ancient book history, and the intersection of the two

I am always interested in discussing possible research ideas with potential applicants; please feel free to get in touch at any time.

Research overview

I specialise in Latin literature and its reception, with a particular focus on reading cultures, authorial self-fashioning, poetics, and the social, political and material conditions underpinning literary production. I am currently working on my first book, The Poet at Work: Virgil, Authorship and the Poetics of Biography, which explores how Virgil’s ancient readers imagined his life and his authorial techniques. It makes a case for taking ancient biographical writing seriously: not as historical fact, but as sites where readers creatively explored ideas of authorship and negotiated literary practices; the textual artefacts they themselves produced combine sophisticated literary interpretation with a real sense of imaginative play. My recent publications related to this project include articles and chapters on the pseudo-Virgilian Culex, Fulgentius’s necromantic commentary on the Aeneid, Tacitus’s Dialogus; and on the affective power of the embodied authorial voice in ancient and modern theories of reading. I have also published on acrostics in Horace’s Satires.

My current research projects include a chapter on ancient slavery and textual editing, a volume on Collaboration in Greek and Latin Literature (co-edited with Thomas J. Nelson and Max Leventhal), and articles on similes in imperial Roman literature and gods in pastoral. I am in the early stages of two nascent book projects. The first of these focuses on the poems written by the Roman emperors, exploring the literary role of the emperor in the Roman imagination from Caesar to Hadrian. The second re-evaluates the Roman concept of otium through a lens of queer temporality, exploring how an idea of otium as resistance to reproductive futurity both runs through the works of 1st-century BCE and CE authors and paradoxically underlies the idea of authorship itself.

 

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