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Elsie Linley

Elsie Linley

Department: Classics

Supervisor: Prof. Emily Gowers

College: St Edmund's

Thesis Title (preliminary): Violence in the 'Roman Novel'


Biography:

My PhD thesis will explore depictions of violence and trauma in Apuleius' Metamorphoses and Petronius' Satyrica. By focusing on the characterisations and narrative forms of these two texts, my research conceives them as self-reflexive commentaries on the creation, performance, and consumption of violent fiction. I am fascinated by each text’s nexus of internal narrators and audiences, all utterly engrossed in the experience of their own fictions: characters are consumed with the telling and re-telling of traumatic tales, and the acting and re-enacting of violent episodes.

Prior to coming to Cambridge in 2018 for my Classics MPhil, I attained my BA in Classics from the University of Oxford.

Other academic interests

Beyond the 'Roman novel', I am interested in Latin literature especially from the imperial period. In particular, I enjoy exploring textual allusions to epic, declamation, comedy, and mime. I am also intrigued by the extent to which these texts provoke their readers - ancient and modern alike - to reflect upon the institutionalised consumption of violence in their societies. More broadly, I am interested in exploring the intersections between violence and entertainment in antiquity.

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

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