Lecturers in Latin

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The School of Classics is pleased to announce that Dr Esther Meijer and Dr Elaine Sanderson will be joining the School in September, and that Dr Adrian Gramps will also continue to work with the School next year.

Dr Esther Meijer researches Neronian and Flavian literature, and is particularly interested in the uses of genre and intertextuality in panegyrical texts and in narrations of imperial conquest. Along these lines, her PhD thesis examined how generic heterogeneity in the works of early imperial Latin poets functioned as a way of contemplating and constructing imperial power and expressing increasingly complex conceptualisations of Romanness. She is looking to expand on this work with a project that explores the presence and functions of philosophical discourse in Flavian poetry.

Dr Elaine Sanderson works primarily on Latin Literature from the 1st century BCE – 1st century CE. She spends a lot of time thinking about Latin epic (particularly the poetry of Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, and Statius), Latin didactic (particularly the works of Lucretius, Manilius, and the Younger Seneca), and Roman civil war (both as a concept and in terms of its representation across literary genres). She is also interested in ancient aesthetics, the ancient cosmos, and Classical receptions in opera.

Dr Adrian Gramps is interested in Hellenistic and Roman literature (especially first-person poetry) and literary theory. He has published on Horace, Catullus, Roman elegy, Callimachus, bucolic, and epigram. His first book, The Fiction of Occasion in Hellenistic and Roman Poetry, explores the concept of poetry as embodied experience in relation to the problems of fictionality, presence, and reader involvement. His current research revolves around the theory of the first and second persons in poetry, the themes of home and dwelling in Augustan elegy and lyric, and affect theory in Classics.

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