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Research

I work on the aesthetics and socio-political contextualizability of archaic and classical Greek literature, and of lyric poetry in particular. My first book, Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition, sought to rehabilitate the reputation of this underappreciated poet by situating his work in the ethnic, political, and cultural milieu of early classical Greece; I have also recently edited a collection of essays discussing the interrelation between poetry and culture on the Greek island of Aegina in the 5th century BC: Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry. Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC. My latest book, Pindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. Other articles investigating the world-creating powers of Greek lyric poetry are also in progress, as is a new project on the relation between rhetorical and lyric expression in Gorgias' Encomium of Helen.

Another interest I have is in the cultural history of modern discoveries of Greek literature on papyrus in Egypt in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the interdisciplinary methodologies required to understand it.

I am a member of a Greek Poetry and Poetics international research group, bringing together like-minded scholars with interests in Greek literature and thought, comparative literature, and critical theory, and a member of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song.