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Dr Talitha Kearey

Dr Talitha Kearey

Research Fellow in Classics

St John’s College

St John's College
St John's Street
Cambridge
CB2 1TP

Biography:

I am currently a Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge (2019-23), following a year as Stipendiary Lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford (2018-19). I completed my BA (2012), MPhil (2014) and PhD (2018) in Classics at Clare College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

I specialise in Latin literature (especially poetry) and its reception, with a particular focus on authorial self-fashioning, reading cultures and (meta)poetics. My current book project, The Poet at Work: Virgil, Authorship and the Poetics of Biography, explores the interrelation of biography and literary criticism in Virgil’s ancient reception from the first century BCE to the sixth century CE, focusing on representations of his processes of poetic composition. More broadly, I maintain research interests in Latin poetry and prose, the history of scholarship, reception studies to the present day, and literary and cultural theory (especially feminist and queer studies). 

Research Supervision

I supervise most undergraduate topics in Latin literature, and have delivered lectures on Virgil, Ovid, Propertius, Tibullus and Catullus. I have supervised dissertations and coursework on Roman Elegy and a variety of topics in Classical reception (especially 20th-century poetry).

Key Publications

Articles and chapters 

‘(Mis)reading the Gnat: Truth and Deception in the Pseudo-Virgilian Culex’, Ramus 47.2 (2018), 174–196.  

'Two Acrostics in Horace’s Satires (1.9.24–8, 2.1.7–10)’, Classical Quarterly 69.2 (2019), 734-744.  

‘Secondary Metalepsis? Talking to Virgil in Fulgentius’ Expositio Continentiae Virgilianae’, in S. Matzner and G. C. Trimble (edd.) (2020), Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

‘Author as Audience: Staging Virgil in Tacitus’ Dialogus de oratoribus’, in A. Forst, U. Gärtner and U. Tischer (edd.), Autorbilder und die Lektüre antiker Literatur / Author Images and the Reading of Ancient Literature. Forthcoming.

 

Book reviews

Review of P. Mack and J. North (edd.) (2017), The Afterlife of VirgilBICS suppl. 136, London: Institute of Classical Studies, in JRS 109 (2019), 407-8

Review of A. Powell and P. R. Hardie (edd.) (2017), The Ancient Lives of Virgil: Literary and Historical Studies, Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, in CR 70.1 (2020), 101-3.

Review of B. Xinyue and N. Freer (edd.) (2019), Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics, London: Bloomsbury Academic, in JRS (2020)

 

Other publications 

‘Imagining Virgil: Biography, Fiction and the Aeneid’, Omnibus 80 (2020). 

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