Associate Professor in Latin Literature and Language
Open Day Co-ordinator, Dissertation Co-ordinator, Equality and Inclusion Officer
Tel: 02476 5 28014
Email: E dot Giusti at warwick dot ac dot uk
H2.38, Classics and Ancient History
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Elena Giusti joined the Classics and Ancient History department at Warwick in 2017, where she is currently an Associate Professor in Latin Literature and Language. She was previously Research Fellow in Classics at St John's College Cambridge (2015-2017) and University Teacher in Classics at the University of Glasgow (2014-2015). She studied at the University of Rome La Sapienza (BA and MA) and at King's College Cambridge (PhD).
I am broadly interested in Roman literature and thought, with a specialism in Augustan literature and Virgil in particular. My first monograph (Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid: Staging the Enemy under Augustus, Cambridge: CUP) explores the ideological use of Carthage in Virgil’s Aeneid, investigating ways in which the poem constructs, exploits and subverts notions of Romans and Barbarians, and hides memories of both Punic and Civil Wars behind a mythical but cautionary tale.
I am currently writing a book on Virgil's Dido and her reception (Dido of Carthage, London: Bloomsbury) and a commentary on Aeneid Book 5 for the Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. I am also planning two further monograph projects on the fictional imagery of Africa in Latin literary texts and on how silence and oblique allusion foster ancient and modern conspiratorial readings in Augustan poetry.
I have published articles and book chapters at the junctures between traditional philology, cultural and intellectual history and literary theory, with special interests in ideology critique, postcolonial studies and feminist theories. Many of my contributions develop from close readings of single passages (e.g. the bee simile of Virgil's Aeneid 1; the ‘inwoven barbarians’ of the theatre-temple of Georgics 3; Tiresias in Ovid’s Metamorphoses 3; Juno's speech in Statius' Thebaid 1); others analyse Latin texts to highlight various ancient approaches to literary criticism (e.g. Seneca’s De Tranquillitate; Ovid’s Ars Amatoria read against Horace’s Ars Poetica); others engage meaningfully with how modern philosophers can help us understand aspects of the classical texts (e.g. Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Donna J. Haraway on Virgil; Luce Irigaray on Ovid; Antonio Gramsci on Lucan). I have also been using decolonial studies and critical race theory as an aid to my research and teaching of Africa in Greco-Roman literature. As a common feature, my publications seek to emphasise how ancient literature is not merely epiphenomenal to historical and political contexts, but is in fact actively engaged in shaping them.
I love working with colleagues and I have been involved in a number of collaborative projects. I am co-editor (with Dr Tom Geue) of a volume on Absence in Latin literature and its Reception; of a special journal issue on the theme of Virgil and the Feminine (with my Warwick colleague Prof. Victoria Rimell); of a special journal issue (with Dr Mathias Hanses and Dr Giovanna Laterza) on different interpretative readings of the Vitruvian man. I have also organised in Warwick the second edition of the workshop Racing the Classics, with Dr Rosa Andújar, Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston and Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta.
I am happy to supervise students in Latin literature and its reception, especially on projects that relate Latin literary texts to political, historical and philosophical thought, and on projects that touch upon comparative literature or classical reception. I can read and speak Japanese and have recently started studying Mandarin Chinese, and am especially interested in comparisons between Western and Eastern Classics, and in Reception of Greek and Latin literature in Far Eastern literature.
Teaching and supervision
In 2018-2019 I developed a new module, Africa and the Making of Classical Literature. The module, which has been the subject of an IATL Academic Fellowship, considers the import of north Africa in the shaping of Western Classical Literature in the Mediterranean, and investigates the simultaneous erasure of Africa from the Western Classical canon. It also explores and discusses the history of the equation of the Classical world with modern (and colonialist) Europe, and the more recent attempts to 'decolonise' the Western Classics, together with the reactions to them (such as the famous 'Black Athena Debate' of the 80s). Thanks to generous support of the IATL, the HRC and the IAS I was able to invite a number of national and international speakers to deliver Public Lectures in connection to it in 2018-2019. I was also able to interview some of them on their work. These lectures have been the first in a new seminar series entitled Classical Connections, dedicated to Classical Reception Studies, Comparative Classical Studies, Comparative Literature with Classics and Ancient Global Classics.
In 2020-2021 I will be teaching:
- Africa and the Making of Classical literature
- Roman Culture and Society
- Greek Language and Literature
- (MA) Roman Literature and Thought
- Lucrezia Sperindio, ‘Tragedy and the Tragic in Horace’s Epodes and Odes’ (co-supervised)
- Dissertation Coordinator
- Open Days Coordinator
- Equality and inclusion Officer
- Shadow Erasmus and Exchange Students Officer
- (in preparation, under contract) Dido of Carthage, London: Bloomsbury.
- (2018) Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid: Staging the Enemy under Augustus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- (under contract) Virgilio: Eneide Libro V, Milano: Fondazione Lorenzo Valla.
- (forthcoming, 2021) ed. with T. Geue. Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- (forthcoming, 2021) ed. with V. Rimell. Vergil and the Feminine, special issue of the journal Vergilius.
- (in preparation) ed. with M. Hanses and G. Laterza. Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas: Methodological Variations on a Single Passage (Vitruvius De Architectura III.1), in preparation for a special issue of the journal Classical World.
- (in preparation) ed. with Rosa Andújar and Jackie Murray. The Cambridge Companion to Classics and Race, Cambridge University Press.
Articles and Book Chapters
- (submitted) ‘Rome’s Imagined Africa and the Limits of Fiction’, in Blouin, K. and Akrigg, B. Handbook of Classics and Postcolonial Theory, London: Routledge.
- (submitted) 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature: On Decolonising Greco-Roman Literature Syllabi', in Ackah, K., Asante, M. K. O., van Shoor, D. (eds.) Decolonising Classics in Africa: History, Strategies, Challenges, and Prospects, special issue of BICS.
- (forthcoming) ‘The Techne that Races: Phoenician-Punic Technosômata in Homer and Plautus’, in G. M. Chesi and M. Gerolemou (eds.) Technosômata in Classical Antiquity, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- (forthcoming) 'Introduction', in Geue, T. and Giusti, E. (eds.) Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- (2021) ‘Caesarism as Stasis from Gramsci to Lucan: an “Equilibrium with Catastrophic Prospects”', in Borrello, S., Ciucciovè, R., Di Iorio, L. and Zucchetti, E. (eds.) Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World, London: Routledge.
- (2021) ‘The End is the Beginning is the End: Apocalyptic Beginnings in Augustan Poetry,’ in H. Marlow, K. Pollmann and H. Van Noorden (eds.) Eschatology in Antiquity, London: Routledge.
- (2020) 'Casta Diva: Juno's "Unexpected Pain" in Statius' Thebaid', EuGeStA 10, 163-206.
- (2019) ‘Aeneid 12: A Cyborg Border War’ in G. M. Chesi and F. Spiegel (eds.) Classical Literature and Posthumanism, London: Bloomsbury, 275-83.
- (2019) ‘Ovid’s Ars Poetica: Metapoetic Didactic in the Ars Amatoria,’ in L.G. Canevaro and D. O’Rourke (eds.) Didactic Poetry from Homer and Hesiod Onwards: Knowledge, Power, Tradition, Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 151-77.
- (2019) ‘Bunte Barbaren Setting Up the Stage: Re-inventing the Barbarian on the Georgics’ Theatre-Temple,’ in B. Xinyue and N. Freer (eds.) (2019), Virgil's Georgics: Reflections and New Perspectives, London: Bloomsbury, 105-14.
- (2018) ‘Tiresias, Ovid, Gender and Trouble: Generic Conversions from Ars into Tristia,’ in Ramus 47.1, 1-31.
- (2017) ‘The Metapoetics of Liber-ty. Horace’s Bacchic Ship in Seneca’s De Tranquillitate Animi,’ in M. Stöckinger, K. Winter and T. Zanker (eds.) Horace and Seneca: Interactions, Intertexts, Interpretations, Berlin: De Gruyter, 239-63.
- (2017) ‘Virgil’s Carthage: a Heterotopic Space of Empire,’ in M. Asper and V. Rimell (eds.)Imagining Empire: Political Space in Hellenistic and Roman Literature, Heidelberg, 133-50.
- (2016) ‘Did Somebody Say Augustan Totalitarianism? Duncan Kennedy's Reflections, Hannah Arendt's Origins, and the Continental Divide over Virgil's Aeneid,’ in Dictynna 13.
- (2016) ‘My Enemy’s Enemy is My Enemy: Virgil’s Illogical Use of Metus Hostilis,’ in P. Hardie (ed.) Augustan Poetry and the Irrational, Oxford, 37-55.
- (2016) ‘Dithyrambic Iambics: Epode 9 and its General(s’) Confusion,’ in P. Bather and C. Stocks (eds.) Horace's Epodes: Contexts, Intertexts, and Reception, Oxford, 131-51.
- (2015) ‘Caesar Criss-Crossing the Rubicon: a Palindromic Acrostic in Lucan (BC 1.218-22),’ in The Classical Quarterly n.s. 65, 892-4.
- (2014) ‘Once More Unto the Breach: Virgil’s Arae and the Treaty of Philinus,’ in Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica 107.1, 61-79.
- (2014) ‘Virgil's Carthaginians at Aen.1.430-6: Cyclopes in Bees' Clothing,’ in The Cambridge Classical Journal 60, 37-58.
- (2020) Review of Lee M. Fratantuono and R. Alden Smith, Aeneid 8: Text, Translation, and Commentary, Mnemosyne Supplementum 416 (Leiden; Boston 2018), in The Journal of Roman Studies.
- (2018) Review of L. Bocciolini Palagi, La musa e la furia. Interpretazione del secondo proemio dell’Eneide (Testi e Manuali per l’insegnamento universitario del latino 135) (Bologna 2016), in Classical Review 68.2.
(2018) Review of S. J. Heyworth and J. H. W. Morwood, A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 3 (Oxford 2017), in Classical Review 68.2.
- (2018) Review of H.-P. Stahl, Poetry Underpinning Power. Vergil’s Aeneid: the Epic for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study (Swansea 2016), in Classical Review 68.1.
- (2016) Review of A. Ziosi, Didone Regina di Cartagine di Chistopher Marlowe: Metafore virgiliane nel Cinquecento (Roma 2015), in Lexis 34, 481-3.
- (2016) Review of H. Baltussen and P. J. Davis (eds.) The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes (Philadelphia 2015), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.06.24: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2016/2016-06-24.html
- (2015) Review of N. Horsfall, Virgil Aeneid 6, A Commentary (Berlin 2013), in The Journal of Roman Studies 105: 432-34.
- (2014) Review of J. Godwin, Ovid Metamorphoses III An Extract: 511-733 (London and New York 2014), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.06: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2014/2014-08-06.html
- (in preparation) 'Virgil', 'Servius', 'Servius Auctus aut Danielinus', in Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Phoenician Culture Vol. IV - Written Sources: Language, Epigraphy and Literature.
- (forthcoming) ‘Classics and the Study of Africa’, Oxford Bibliographies.
- Giusti, E. and Lagrou, S. (forthcoming) ‘Savagery / Sauvagerie,’ in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images du poétique dans l’Antiquité.
- Giusti, E. and Lagrou, S. (forthcoming) ‘Torture, Punishment / Torture, Châtiment,’ in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images du poétique dans l’Antiquité.
- (2017) Cronaca del Convegno: Unspeaking Volumes: Absence in Latin Texts, University of St Andrews, 29 June-1 July 2017, in Bollettino di Studi Latini
- (2019) Virgil and the Feminine, Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Virgiliana in Cuma, 19-22 June 2019, with Prof. Victoria Rimell.
- (2019) Racing the Classics II, University of Warwick, 3rd May 2019, with Dr Rosa Andújar, Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston and Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta.
- (2018) Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas: Methodological Variations on a Single Passage (Vitruvius De Architectura III.1), Penn State University, 7-8 September 2018, with Dr Mathias Hanses and Dr Giovanna Laterza.
- (2017) Unspeaking Volumes: Absence in Latin Texts, University of St Andrews, 29 June-1 July 2017, with Dr Tom Geue.
- (2016) The Fixed Handout Workshop: Exercises and Variations in Reading Latin Texts, University of Cambridge, 16-17 April 2016; with Dr Siobhan Chomse and Prof. William Fitzgerald.
Podcasts and Public Engagement Articles
- (2021) #AskAnAcademic videos on Virgil’s Aeneid and Dido, for the Warwick Classics Network.
- (2020) 'Virgil's Characterisation of Dido' (Recorded as part of the University of Warwick Dept. of Classics and Ancient History Classical Civilisation Teachers Day 2020 for the A-level 'World of the Hero' module)
- (2020) 'Race Theory, Critical Race Theory, and the Classics Classroom’ (Cambridge School Classics Project Blog)
- (2020) 'Centring Africa in Greek and Roman Literature, while Decolonising the Classics Classroom' (Cambridge School Classics Project Blog)
- (2020) The Aeneid: A History (Highlights from Talking History, Irish Radio)
- (2019) Guest Speakers interviews for the Module 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature':
- (2018) ‘Romans Go... Where? On Being an Italian Classicist,’ in Eidolon.
- (2017) Hughes, S. ‘Making Rome Great Again: Fake Views in the Ancient World’ in Research Horizons: Pioneering Research from the University of Cambridge 33, 10-11.
- (2017) ‘Altar of Facts: Truth and Rumor in the age of Berlusconi,’ in Eidolon.
- BA; MA (Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza)
- PhD (King's College Cambridge)