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Dr Natalie Swain

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Research interests

My primary research interests are narratology and Latin elegy, although my current focus is on building a methodology based upon comics narratology.  I have a particular interest in Ovid, having written my Master's dissertation on his Ars Amatoria.

My current PhD is tentatively titled Understanding Amores: A Hidden Comics Narratology.  The key research questions include:

1. Is it possible for our understanding and conceptualisation of narrativity in modern comics to help us better understand the narrativity in Latin elegy, and in Ovid's Amores in particular?

2. What is the "vocabulary" of elegy?  How do the icons/tropes in comics function similarly to those in elegy?

3. Where is the "gutter" in elegy?  How do the narrtive structures of elegy and comics relate?

4. Comics use certain techniques to express time and motion; do we see similar temporal and mobile devices in elegy?

5. And most importantly, how can we use these similarities/differences to better understand a work of elegy, such as Amores?

External positions

Instructor, Comics & Classics, University of Winnipeg

1 Jan 201930 Apr 2019

Teaching Assistant, Roman Society, University of Winnipeg

1 Jan 201830 Apr 2018

Teaching Assistant, Latin Prose of the Empire, University of Winnipeg

5 Sept 201730 Apr 2018

Teaching Assistant, Magic and Divination in Ancient Greece and Rome, University of Winnipeg

5 Sept 201715 Dec 2017


  • Latin elegy


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