Current Doctoral Students

Karen Caines

Karen Caines originally read English Language and Literature at King’s College, London, and more recently undertook a Classics degree at Trinity College, Oxford. After an Oxford MSt in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, she is now a DPhil student examining Lord Byron’s engagement with classical authors across the broad range of his works, including his self-proclaimed ‘studiously Greek’ dramas. Given past academic scrutiny of Philhellenism, the influence of Rome as distinct from Greece will be explored in considering Byron’s deployment and transformation of classical materials at a seminal moment of Romanticism. Her DPhil is being supervised by Fiona Macintosh and Stephen Harrison.

Giovanna Di Martino

Giovanna Di Martino is currently in her second year of a DPhil at St Hilda’s in collaboration with the APGRD, working on the reception of Aeschylus in Italy from the sixteenth century onwards. She completed her undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Classics at the State University of Milan. She wrote her thesis on the reception of the Seven Against Thebes in the United States, for which she spent a semester at the University of Notre Dame under the supervision of Professor Isabelle Torrance.

Iarla Manny

Iarla Manny is the Michael Comber PhD Student in the Reception of the Classical World at The Open University and St Hilda’s College, Oxford. He graduated with a BA in Classics from Trinity College Dublin, and earned an MPhil in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at Balliol College, Oxford. His MPhil thesis, 'Hellenism or Hebraism? The Ambiguous Allegiances of Gerard Manley Hopkins', was awarded the Gaisford Graduate Dissertation Prize. Continuing his research on late nineteenth-century Classical receptions, Iarla is writing his doctoral thesis on Oscar Wilde's engagement with Graeco-Roman antiquity.

Hannah Silverblank

Hannah Silverblank is a DPhil student at Oxford researching ancient literary instances of the monstrous voice and its relationship to the articulation of gender in tragedy, epic, and comedy. She received a BA in Comparative Literature and Latin from Haverford College in the United States in 2012, and in 2013 she completed the MSt at Oxford in Classical Languages and Literature with a focus on Classical Reception. Hannah has written on Anne Carson’s Antigonick, Jean Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy, and the problems of the receptions of the ancient myth of the Sirens in opera and American popular music. 

Marchella Ward

Chella is a DPhil student working on the reception of ancient blindness in the theatre, examining a tradition of staged blindness from Oedipus, Polymestor and the Cyclops to the blind Ian in Sarah Kane's Blasted. She completed a BA in Classics and English at Oxford in 2012, and an MSt in Classical Languages and Literature in 2013, writing on ancient blindness in Milton's Paradise Lost and Samson Agonistes, the Pyramus and Thisbe myth in Ovid, Shakespeare and Ted Hughes' versions, and on the influence of ancient and jacobean drama on the in-yer-face plays of the 1990s. Her doctoral thesis is supervised by Fiona Macintosh.