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Prof Alison Sharrock - research

Research interests

My research interests range across Latin poetry from Plautus to the imperial age. I began with Ovid and to Ovid I have returned, with a projected book entitled Ovid and Epic which will be the main focus of my attention over the next few years. In between, I have made a foray into Roman comedy, on which I gave the WB Stanford memorial lectures in Trinity College Dublin in 1999. A book arising from those lectures, entitled Reading Roman Comedy: Poetics and Playfulness in Plautus and Terence, was published by CUP in 2009. The other strand to my interest is in literary theory, including feminist readings of Classical literature. Together with David Konstan (Brown University), I edit an OUP series entitled Oxford Studies in Classical Literature and Gender Theory. I hope eventually to contribute a book to this series, on Lucretius, of which my chapter in Leonard and Zanko (2005) offers first thoughts, while my interest in Lucretius has resulted in the publication of a collection of essays, Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science (OUP, 2013), jointed edited with Andrew Morrison and Daryn Lehoux.

Current and recent supervision of PhDs

  • Horace and Ovid: an intertextual study
  • A commentary on Lucan BC 4
  • The textualisation of violence in Latin literature
  • Roman comedy and Japanese Kyogen
  • The tragedies and the Younger Seneca and the declamations of the Elder
  • Statius' Thebaid
  • Ovid and Virgil's pastoral poetry

PhD/MPhil opportunities

I am pleased to supervise research students in any of the following areas: Roman comedy, republican and Augustan poetry, later epic, Classical literary criticism and theory.