Early Career Associates

Rachel Bryant Davies

Rachel’s research examines the reworking of classical mythology in tragedy and epic for new contexts and audiences, from opera to children’s games. She has focused in particular on the late antique religious adaptations of Greek Tragedy of Ezekiel’s Exagoge (GRBS, 2008) and Christus Patiens (forthcoming in JHS, 2017) and, more recently, on nineteenth-century British classical burlesques and toy theatres. She was a Doctoral Fellow of the Leverhulme-funded Cambridge Victorian Studies Group from 2007-2011 (supervisor: Professor Simon Goldhill), examining the manifold afterlives of the Trojan War myths in nineteenth-century Britain. Her resulting book, Imaginary Cities: Staging the Ruins of Troy and Carthage during the Nineteenth Century, is to be published in CUP’s ‘Classics after Antiquity’ series. Her latest project, ‘Classics at Play: Greco-Roman antiquity in British children’s culture, 1750-1914’ traces how knowledge of the ancient world was repackaged beyond formalised educational settings, with an emphasis on unravelling how toys, games and leisure entertainments (such as theatrical souvenirs and playscripts) interacted with more overtly pedagogical paraphernalia.

Małgorzata Budzowska

Małgorzata is an Assistant Professor at Classics Faculty, University of Lodz in Poland. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Lodz, Classics Faculty and MA by the Institute of Contemporary Culture (theatre and drama theory) at the same university. Her book “Phaedra – Ethics of Emotions in the tragedies of Euripides, Seneca and Racine” (Peter Lang 2012) considers intertextual correlations between three plays which adapted the myth of Phaedra in relation to the theory of unrestraint (akrasia) by Aristotle. She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Ancient Myths in the Making of Culture (Peter Lang 2014). Currently she is involved in two research projects: Reception of ancient myths of Mediterranean Culture in Polish theatre of XXI century and Ancient drama and theatre in the works of scholiasts, both funded by the National Science Centre in Poland. Her internship in the APGRD (Michaelmas 2014 – Hilary 2015) concerned the management of interdisciplinary research projects and is funded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

Arabella Currie

Arabella Currie completed her doctorate, supervised by Fiona Macintosh, in 2017. She researched the history of Graeco-Celtic negotiations, tracking the difficult angles between Greek and Celt as found in the scholarly and artistic reconstruction of both traditions, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. She was particularly interested in how these angles were interrogated in the work of the Irish playwright, J.M. Synge, a crucial and overlooked figure in the story of the Irish reception of Classics. Alongside academic research, she is interested in putting classical reception into practice, having translated and directed several Greek tragedies (including the 2014 Oxford Greek Play) and published a collection of poetry which draws substantially on the classical world (The Divers, Hurst Street Press, 2016).

Cécile Dudouyt

Cécile Dudouyt is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the APGRD, working on 'French Translations of Greek and Roman Drama', the first stage of a wider APGRD research project on translations of ancient drama in European vernaculars from the Renaissance onward. Her research focuses on the reception of Sophocles in France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2009, she completed her thesis, 'Sophoclean Revenge: Renaissance and Enlightenment Re-writings', conducted under a joint supervision agreement between the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford and the Département d'Etudes Anglophones at l’Université de Paris 10 (supervisors: Fiona Macintosh and Ann Lecercle). This was followed by an Agrégation in English in 2010. She has translated numerous articles both from French to English and from English to French, as well as, most recently, Ann Jefferson's book on the impact of life-writing on theories of French literature entitled La Biographie, ou la littérature en question (Presses Universitaires de France, forthcoming). Aside from her involvement in the APGRD translation project she is also writing on Freud's engagement with Sophoclean and Shakespearean drama, performance and reception of antiquity for the Freud edition of Plon's dictionary series (Plon, forthcoming).

Stephe Harrop

Stephe Harrop’s PhD, awarded in 2008 by Royal Holloway (University of London), was a PaR project examining the relationship between poetic text and the dancing body in translations of Greek tragedy. Stephe is currently Lecturer in Drama (Shakespeare and the Classics) at Liverpool Hope University, having previously taught at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, and Goldsmiths College (University of London). Her major research and teaching areas are the modern re-performance of ancient tragedy and epic, classical actor-training, and contemporary storytelling. She co-edited Theorising Performance: Greek Drama, Cultural History and Critical Practice (Duckworth, 2010). Stephe’s more recent publications include ‘Speech, Silence and Epic Performance: Alice Oswald’s Memorial’ (New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, 2013), ‘Ercles Vein: Heracles as Bottom in Ted Hughes’ Alcestis’ (Classical Receptions Journal, 2015), and ‘Grounded, Heracles and the Gorgon’s Gaze’ (Arion, 2015).

Eleftheria Ioannidou

Eleftheria Ioannidou, Lecturer in Drama at Birmingham University. She studied theatre in Athens and London and read for a doctorate at the University of Oxford working on the rewriting of Greek tragic texts from 1970s to the present (supervisor: Fiona Macintosh). From 2010-2012 she held a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is co-editor of the volume Epidaurus Encounters: Greek Drama, Ancient Theatre and Modern Performance (Parodos Verlag Berlin 2011). Her revised thesis will be published by OUP in 2013. Her current research focuses on fascist appropriations of Greek tragedy in the inter-war period. 

Lucy Jackson

Lucy Jackson is a Lecturer in Greek Language and Literature at Balliol College, Oxford. She studied at the universities of Exeter and Oxford, and completed a doctorate in March 2014 on the dramatic chorus in fourth-century Athens (to be published with OUP). Her current research project focuses on the ancient Reception of Old Comedy. During the past year she has acted as an academic consultant for the National Theatre’s production of Medea, the Oresteia at Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Iliad at the British Museum and Almeida Theatre. Her research interests focus on ancient performance culture and in particular the chorus in the ancient and modern world.

Hallie Marshall

Hallie Marshall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Film at the University of British Columbia. Her PhD thesis, on the classical plays of Tony Harrison and the history of performance of classical drama in England, is currently being revised as a monograph. Recent publications include chapters in Ancient Greek Women in Film (Oxford University Press, 2013), No Laughing Matter, Studies in Athenian Comedy (Bristol Classical Press, 2012), and The Blackwell Companion to Sophocles (Blackwell Publishing, 2012). 

Tom Sapsford

Tom is PhD candidate in the Classics Department at the University of Southern California. He is currently writing his thesis which considers the significance of the kinaidos/cinaedus in Greek, Roman, and Greco-Roman Egyptian contexts. Prior to pursuing the study of Classics, Tom was a professional dancer and choreographer working with institutions such as the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. His academic interests more broadly are ancient and modern performance cultures, contemporary dance and the classical world, and the history of sexuality. He joined the APGRD as a visiting scholar from Michaelmas 2014 to Hilary 2015.

Helen Slaney

Helen’s primary research interest is the embodied phenomenology of classical reception. She currently holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at St Hilda’s College, investigating first encounters with ancient material culture in the late eighteenth century. A particular area of interest is how the sense of touch was involved in generating ideas about the ancient world. 

The monograph based on Helen's DPhil thesis, The Senecan Aesthetic: a performance history was published with OUP in 2015. Supported by the Randall McIver JRF, Helen went on to study the intersection of emotion and human movement in ancient dance. In 2013, Helen set up the TORCH network ‘Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers’, an interdisciplinary research project established in conjunction with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Henry Stead

Henry Stead is the Post-doctoral Research Associate on ‘Classics and Class in Britain 1789-1939’. His research interests include: the reception of classical poetry and drama in Britain, translation of ancient literature, cross-media poetry, and Romantic-era British culture. Henry also translates ancient poetry and plays — recent shows include: Attis (Catullus 63, 2013), Seneca’s Medea (Stephen Spender Prize, 2011), and Prometheus Chained (Sheffest, 2012). He is currently completing his first academic monograph on the reception of Catullus in the Romantic era, an expanded conversion of his PhD thesis, which he wrote at Open and Oxford Universities as the holder of the Michael Comber Studentship for Classical Reception.

Eleanor Swire

Eleanor Swire was awarded an MSt. in Classical Languages and Literature by the University of Oxford in 2015. During her MSt. she worked as an Archival Assistant at the APGRD, before subsequently completing a traineeship in the archives and special collections library of St. John’s College, Cambridge (2015-16). Her research interests focus primarily on the translation, expurgation and adaptation of classical texts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, while her recent archival work includes a project to successfully catalogue the personal papers of the British writer, designer, and photographer Sir Cecil Beaton.

Rachael White

Rachael White completed her D.Phil, 'The Man on the Land: Classics in Colonial Australia', under the supervision of Professor Fiona Macintosh in 2017. She researched the reception of Greek and Latin literature in colonial Australia's literary and political culture, with a particular focus on the use of classical texts in laying claim to the Australian landscape. She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Adelaide, and an M.St in Greek and Latin Literature at Oxford in 2013. Her M.St thesis explored classical receptions in the works of three Australian poets, Les Murray, Peter Porter, and Judith Wright. She now works at the Archive as Associate Archivist.

Rosie Wyles

Rosie Wyles studied Classics as an undergraduate at Oxford and has been involved with the APGRD since 2004, when she was awarded the AHRC PhD studentship attached to the project on the reception of the tragic canon within antiquity. Her thesis, supervised by Professor Edith Hall and awarded 2007 (University of London), was on costume’s role in the ancient performance reception of Euripides’ Telephus, Heracles and Andromeda. She is now lecturer in Classics at the University of Kent. Her research interests include: Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond, and gender.