Current Doctoral Students

Alice Ahearn

Alice is a DPhil student at Wadham College working on women’s English translations of Ovid’s Heroides, focusing on how recent translations have served as turning points in our understanding of the poems, and on how traditional scholarship has neglected the significance and impact of the poems for women readers (supervised by Stephen Harrison and Fiona Macintosh). She gained her BA in Classics from Oxford in 2015, and completed her MA at Durham University in 2016, where, supervised by Jennifer Ingleheart, she researched how unconventional translations of Horace’s Odes made the poems accessible to new audiences.

Claire Barnes

Claire's DPhil project (supervisor: Fiona Macintosh) charts the 20th century's philosophical and popular understandings of 'authenticity' and how these have been applied to classical tropes across this period - particularly those used to express a perceived 'authentic' connection with classical antiquity. The thesis considers the use of 'classic' and 'authenic' as constructs signifying value, and how both emerge in the socio-poliical and intellectual climate of the early 20th century - though it also examines the evolution and impact of thinking around authenticity and classics down to the present day. She has a particular interest in how authenticity resonates in the work of Christopher Logue, Kae Tempest, and EM Forster, and has published on the latter. Claire also works as the APGRD's Archivist-Administrator and co-produces the APGRD Podcast

Marcus Bell

Marcus is working on choreographing tragedy at the turn of the twenty-first century, with a particular focus on the relationships between the postmodern and the classical (supervisors: Fiona Macintosh and Felix Budelmann). They completed their BA and MA in Classical Reception at King's College London (supervisor: Edith Hall). Marcus is also interested in practice-based, and practice-as-research; as a dancer and choreographer they work with Oxford-London based dance company Thomas Page Dances and they are an artistic associate with By Jove Theatre company. Their thesis aims to align queer theory and practice in theatre and performance studies with assemblage-thinking to critically explore the tangles and encounters taking place when embodied receptions, or dynamic integrations, of the ancient world are positioned against modernism and modernity. Marcus co-convenes the Corpus Christi seminar series 'Queer and the Classical' and lectures at Goldsmiths.

Zoë Jennings

Zoë completed her BA and MA at Durham and is now a DPhil student with the APGRD, working on the performance reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the twenty-first century. She is interested in the ways in which today’s Ovid, now by definition a ‘performable' Ovid, has been constructed in postmodern scholarship, literature and popular culture. She is also exploring Ovid’s position within the broader twenty-first-century trend of performing Greco-Roman epic, which is one of the key focuses of the APGRD’s Performing Epic project.