Sarah Nooter

Professor in the Department of Classics and the College
Wieboldt 115
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2008
Research Interests: Greek poetry, particularly Attic tragedy; modern theater and adaptation; literary theory and linguistics; Greek religion

Professor Nooter writes about Greek drama and modern reception, and also about poetry, the voice, embodiment, and performance. Her first book is When Heroes Sing: Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2012; pb 2016). Here she explores the lyrically powerful voices of Sophocles’ heroes, arguing that their characterization is built from the poetical material of lyric genres and that this poeticity (as she calls it) lends a unique blend of power and impotence to Sophoclean heroes that places them in the mold of archaic poets as they were imagined in Classical Greece. Professor Nooter’s second book, The Mortal Voice in the Tragedies of Aeschylus (Cambridge University Press, 2017), is on voice in Aeschylus and Greek poetry and thought more generally. Her next book is called The Age of Ephemerality and the Endurance of Ancient Greek Poetry (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). This text consists of a series of essays on Greek poems, understood as attempts at embodiment through performance and objecthood in the face of the ephemerality of human life. She is also working on a volume called How to Be Queer: An Ancient Guide to Sexuality (under review with Princeton University Press), and continues to work on an ongoing project on modern African drama and ancient Greek tragedy. She has co-edited a book called Sound and the Ancient Senses with Shane Butler (Routledge, 2019) and is now co-editing a volume entitled Radical Formalism: Reinventing the Literary in Antiquity and Beyond. Finally, she has offered some advice on applying to and choosing graduate programs in Classics in Eidolon, and as Editor-in-Chief of Classical Philology has edited special issues on Poetry and Its Means, Athens: Stage, Page, Assembly, and Tragedy: Reconstruction and Repair.

Recent Publications

  • Medea—Failure and the Queer Escape” in Queer Euripides: Re-Readings in Greek Tragedy, eds. Sarah Olsen and Mario Telò (Bloomsbury Press, 2022).
  • “The fourth level of life: white noise in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite and Plato’s Phaedrus,” Parallax 26.2 (2020).
  • Sound and the Ancient Senses, co-edited with Shane Butler (Routledge, 2019).
  • “The war-trumpet and the sound of domination in ancient Greek thought,” Greek and Roman Musical Studies 7.2 (2019).
  • The Mortal Voice in the Tragedies of Aeschylus (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • When Heroes Sing: Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2012).