Abigail Akavia

Research Interests: 

Choral lyrics; tragedy (ancient and modern); ancient cult and rites of passage; gender and metamorphoses; ancient concepts of voice and vocality.


Abigail Akavia is writing a dissertation on the Poetics of Listening in Sophocles. She is interested in sound and vocality in ancient Greek lyric poetry and tragedy, as well as the history of performance and adaptation of Greek drama. She has worked as a dramaturge in Israel and in Chicago, and directed Oedipus the King here on campus (May 2013). She earned her BA in Classics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007. She lives in Leipzig, Germany with her husband and two sons. 

Graduation Year: 

Dissertation Title: 

"The Poetics of Listening in Sophocles"