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Faculty of Classics

 

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

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. A second nascent book project explores the poetry of the Roman emperors, from Caesar to Hadrian. 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). 

Publications

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, pp. 195-222.

‘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.

'Virgil’s Voice and Ancient Reading: Immersion, Affect, Eroticism', in J. Billings and F. Budelmann (edd.), Readers and Reading: Current Debates. In progress.

 

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 110 (2020), 286-8.

 

Other publications 

‘Imagining Virgil: Biography, Fiction and the Aeneid’, Omnibus 80 (2020), 1-3. 

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

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

Research Fellow in Classics
St John’s College
Dr Talitha  Kearey

Contact Details

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