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Danchen Zhang

I'm a PhD candidate in Greek literature. Before coming to Warwick, I did a MSt in classical literature at Oxford. But my fascination with Classics actually started in China where I am originally from - I did my BA and MPhil at Boya College, a Liberal Arts college at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, where I discovered and persued my interest in the ancient worlds.


My thesis, supervised by Dr. Emmanuela Bakola and Prof. David Fearn, explores the wind imagery in Sophoclean tragedy. Wind plays a significant role in our perception of nature, body and mind. Through a study of the representation of winds in Sophocles, my thesis explores how his employment of wind imagery interacts with contemporary intellectual current and literary tradition, while at the same time displays his uniqueness as a tragic poet. With a systematic study of wind in Sophoclean tragedy, my thesis also tries to show how tragedy engages with a wider discourse that concerns natural, socio-political and psychological matters.

More broadly speaking, I am interested in Greek drama and its reception. I especially enjoy exploring east Asian adaptations of tragic plays. The interdisciplinary nature of the materials I encounter when working on my thesis also makes me interested in ancient weather lore, and the ideas of the interconnectedness between body, mind and the environment in ancient medicine.

Conference and seminars

Winds in Sophocles' Antigone and the contemporary intellectual discourse, ICS Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar, 8 June 2021

South wind and mental suffering in Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes, Work-in-Progress seminar, University of Warwick, 23 February 2022

The reported dust storm in Sophocles' Antigone, Sapiens Ubique Civis IX Conference, University of Szeged, 1 September 2022

Sound, imprisonment and the nonhuman: cave in Sophocles' Antigone, Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of Edinburgh, 24 November 2022

Other roles

Graduate teaching assistant for Greek Language & Literature (2021-22); Ancient Greek Theatre (2023)

PhD student representative, Warwick Student-Staff Liason Council (SSLC), 2022-23

Co-organiser of Warwick Classics Postgraduate Colloquium (2022)