Professor of Classics, Social Thought, and the College

Office: Classics 24
Phone: (773) 702-2516

About

Within Greek and Roman literature, I have worked on lyric and didactic poetry, comedy, and Hellenistic poetry. More broadly, I am interested in animal and plant studies, primitivism ancient and modern, and, most recently, speculative fiction. I have published three books: Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2007); The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination (The University of Chicago Press, 2010), winner of the 2011 Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism; and Hontology: Depressive Anthropology and the Shame of Life (Zero Books, 2018). My current book project explores the relationship between freedom and the return of the past in ancient and modern post-apocalyptic fiction. I am also working with poet Stephanie Burt on a new edition of Callimachus for the Lockert Poetry in Translation series.

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Selected Publications: 

Books

Hontology: Depressive Anthropology and the Shame of Life (Zero Books, 2018).

The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination (The University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Articles

In preparation. "Dependently." In Asad Raza, Root sequence, mother tongue, edited by Olivia Fairweather. Cologne: Walther König.

In preparation. "Theocritus and nonhuman life." In The Brill Companion to Theocritus, edited by Evina Sistakou, Antonois Rengakos, and Poulheria Kyriakou. Leiden: Brill.

Forthcoming. "Poetry, vegetality, relief from being." Environmental Philosophy.

Forthcoming. “What’s an ark?” Relegere special issue/Bible in effect series, edited by Matthew Chrulew.

Forthcoming. "Shared life as chorality in Schiller, Hölderlin, and Hellenistic poetry." In Antiquities Beyond Humanism, edited by Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill, and Brooke Holmes. Oxford: Oxford University Press: Classics in Theory series.

2018. “Fidelity and farewell: Pindar’s ethics as textual events.” InTextual Events, edited by Felix Budelmann and Tom Phillips. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 257-74.

2017. “Centaur.” In liquid antiquity, edited by Brooke Holmes. Athens: DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art: 120-23.