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 about poetry, the voice, embodiment, and performance. The core of her interest is the tightly wound formations of verse. Her research spreads outward from there to language, genre, and tradition. Her first book is When Heroes Sing: Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2012; pb 2016). Here she explore 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. She is now working on a book called Bodies in Time: The Substance of Greek Poetry. This text will consist of a series of essays on Greek poems, understood as attempts at embodiment. She also is working on an ongoing project on African drama, in which she juxtaposes the production and performance of ancient Greek plays with twentieth-century theatrical productions staged in three areas of Africa—Egypt, South Africa, and several countries in West Africa. Finally, she has co-edited a book called Sound and the Ancient Senses with Shane Butler (Routledge, 2019), and she has offered some advice on applying to and choosing graduate programs in Classics in Eidolon.

Recent Publications

  • “The fourth level of life: white noise in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite and Plato’s Phaedrus,” Parallax, forthcoming.
  • 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).