Email: chiara dot graf at warwick dot ac dot uk
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Originally from Boston, USA, I received my BA in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2013. After spending a year teaching high-school math, I began a PhD in Classics at the University of Toronto. Since receiving my PhD in 2020, I have held teaching positions at the University of Toronto and the University of St Andrews. I am thrilled to be joining the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick as a Teaching Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year!
My research focuses on Latin Literature of the 1st century BCE and the 1st century CE, with a special focus on the literary and philosophical works of Seneca the Younger. I am most interested in the relationship of knowledge to emotions and bodily sensations. My research is informed by modern affect theory, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. In my dissertation, Wisdom and Other Feelings: Affect, Knowledge, and the Senecan Subject, I argue that Seneca posits a variety of paradoxical paths to enlightenment through affective states such as stupor, anxiety, and grief. Aside from developing my dissertation into a monograph, I am working on a variety of short-term projects, including an article on Seneca’s account of flattery in the Natural Questions, and another on the imagery of fragmentation and wholeness in Seneca’s Epistles.
Teaching and supervision
I teach on the following undergraduate modules