Jenna Sarchio

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Classics and the College
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Teaching at UChicago since 2021
Research Interests: Late Republican and early Augustan Latin poetry, with a focus on Roman erotic elegy; questions of genre; reception, translation and adaptation.

Jenna received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2021 and has stayed on as a Teaching Fellow in the Humanities, for which she teaches courses in the College Core and the Classics department. Her work, to date, has focused on Late Republican-Early Augustan Latin poetry, specifically Roman elegy: her dissertation reevaluates the elegiac tropes of the shut-out lover (exclusus amator) and artistic leisure (otium) as it considers the ways in which the poets Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid represent their brand of poetry and lifestyle as inhabiting a set of cultural values otherwise denied them. In so doing, it looks beyond elegy to establish a discourse around personal and artistic value—and its representation in poetry—against which Roman elegy can be read, pulling from Cicero and Lucretius, Catullus and Vergil, Seneca and Quintilian. As such, it reflects her interests in generic presentation and definition, and reception, both of which she looks forward to exploring in future work on elegy and beyond.