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Dr Rasmus Sevelsted

Dr Rasmus Sevelsted

Postdoc Fellow, Carlsberg Foundation (Internationalisation Fellowship)

Research Associate, Sidney Sussex College


Research Interests

In my PhD (University of Copenhagen) I examined uses of allegorical imagery in Plato and early Greek literature; I am currently turning my thesis into a monograph. My postdoctoral research project focuses on poetics and aesthetics in Plato’s Republic. I am particularly interested in Plato’s positive views of poetry in the dialogue (as a counterpart to the much-discussed quarrel with Homer and tragedy) and his own poetic idealism and utopianism. Some first fruits of this project are under publication as ”Hymns and Encomia: Utopian Poetics in Plato’s Republic” (in Emmanuelle Jouët-Pastré (ed.): Political Fictions in Platonic Dialogues, Rue d’Ulm).

I also have an interest in Søren Kierkegaard’s works, and have edited several texts in the new critical edition of his writings (Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter) and written pieces for the accompanying volumes. Some thoughts on the importance of Plato for Kierkegaard’s literary style will appear later this year under the title “Plato as a model for Kierkegaard’s literary strategy” (in H. Deuser & M. Kleinert (eds): Sokratische Ortlosigkeit: Kierkegaards Idee des religiösen Schriftstellers, Karl Alber).

Finally, as a translator of Greek texts into Danish (including several of Plato’s dialogues), I have an interest in practical and theoretical aspects of translation.

Upcoming events

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Apr 25, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

May 16, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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