Dr Laura Jansen

MPhil(Oxon.), PhD(Dub.)

  • BS8 1TB

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Research interests


My research emerges at the intersections of classical and comparative literatures and the emerging area of Absence Studies. I work on ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, with a focus on their reception in 20th- and 21st-century experimental compositions (especially from Argentina, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, USA, and Uruguay).

Much of my current research investigates histories of the classical tradition as it emerges in the reception of avant-garde authors fascinated by the themes of fragmentation, occlusion, dispersal, silence, forgetfulness, and loss. I also engage with multimedia artists, especially those interested in combining their training in the discipline of Classics with artistic composition. 

I am the author of Borges' Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman World (Cambridge, 2018, funded by the Leverhulme Trust), and volume editor of Anne Carson's Euripides (Classical Antiquity 42:2, 2023), Anne Carson/ Antiquity (Bloomsbury, 2021) and The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers (Cambridge, 2014). In press is my new collection, Susan Sontag's Tangential Classics (OUP, Classical Presences, forthcoming i2024)

I am currently completing a second monograph, on Anne Carson and Classics: Indisciplinary Writings on Antiquity (under contract with CUP), and co-editing a volume with V. Lambropoulos, on Chimeric Ecologies: The Poetry of Phoebe Giannisi (for Greek/ Modern Intersections, Michigan UP).

Editorial and other activities

I am general editor of the monograph series Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing (Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Literary Studies blog). 

As from May 2023, I represent the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard, as Judge for the Michael Marks Poetry Awards.

Fellowships and grants

2022-23– Research Fellowship, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard 

2022-23 – University Research Fellowship, Bristol
2022 – Visiting Professor, Stanford University (Fall Term)
2021-23 – British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Grant 
2019 – Visiting Research Grant, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard 
2016 – Visiting Grant, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard
2015-16 – Leverhulme Research Fellowship 
2015-16 – Visiting Fellowship, Princeton

Teaching 2023-25

  • Greek B Aeschylus Agamemnon 
  • Greek C/D The Chorus from Alcman to Euripides
  • Latin C/D Ovid Metamorphoses
  • Philosophies of Eros: Ancient & Modern

See webpage for more information.





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