Biography and Interests:
My research focuses on the literary imagination and its recursive effects on our everyday life worlds. My first book, Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2007) brought recent theories of fiction to bear on pastoral as the first fully fictional world of the ancient literary imagination.
My second book, The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination (The University of Chicago Press, 2010) looked at how poets from Archilochus to William Carlos Williams engage with the lives of other animals. It received the 2011 Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism.
My current book project, The Choric Con-sociality of Nonhuman Life, investigates the representation of Nature as a choric presence around human life in Hellenistic poetry, German Romanticism, and the Anglo-American weird tale. I have written papers on many aspects of ancient poetry and its reception, from Pindar to Paul Celan, and I am currently working on the relationship between ancient poetics of play and the painting of Cy Twombly. I am a faculty sponsor of the Animal Studies and Rhetoric and Poetics workshops, and a member of the Poetry and Poetics Program. In the last few years, I have worked closely with members of the Postclassicisms Network.
Video of talk at Chicago Humanities Festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhn4Z4giDMk
- 2010. The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination. The University of Chicago Press.
- 2007. Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction. Cambridge University Press.
- In preparation. “The centaur project.” In superclassicism, edited by Brooke Holmes.
- In preparation. “Orchard, grove, chorus: on shared life with plants.” In Following nonhuman kinds: The plant symposium, edited by Caroline Picard. Green Lantern Press.
- In preparation. “Response: Literary Ecologies.” In Ecocriticism, Ecology, and the Cultures of Antiquity: The Environmental Humanities and the Ancient World, edited by Christopher Schliephake. Lexington Books: Ecocritical Theory and Practice series.
- Forthcoming. “Fidelity and farewell: Pindar’s ethics as textual events.” In Textual Events, edited by Felix Budelmann and Tom Phillips.
- Forthcoming. “The choric con-sociality of nonhuman life: Schiller, Hölderlin, and interpellation by Nature in Hellenistic poetry.” In Posthuman Antiquities, edited by Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill, and Brooke Holmes. State University of New York Press.
- Forthcoming. “Relic | channel | ghost: Centaurs in Algernon Blackwood’s The Centaur.” In A Deep Classics Reader, edited by Shane Butler. Bloomsbury.
- Forthcoming. “Child facture: Callimachus, Twombly, and the poetics of childhood.” In Proceedings of the Conference: Miniature and Minor, edited by Jonathan Ready.
- Forthcoming. “Teknomajikality and the humanimal in Aristophanes’ Wasps.” In The Brill Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, edited by Phil Walsh. Leiden.
- 2016. “Before the law: Imagining crimes against trees.” In Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature, edited by Richard McAdams, Alison LaCroix, and Martha Nussbaum. Oxford.
- Plotinus (with Gabriel Lear)
- Philosophy and the Poetics of Presence in Postwar France (with Alison James)
- Hölderlin and the Greeks (with Christopher Wild)
- Intermediate Greek: Sophocles
- Greek elegy and iambic poetry
- Introductory Greek