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 read Classics and English at Oxford, specialising in Classical Reception for her MPhil Re-Membering Reality: The Pursuit of Myth in Kate Tempest's 'Brand New Ancients' (Bristol, 2015). After a spell working in PR and copywriting, Claire returned to Oxford to build on her MPhil thesis and is now a DPhil student with the APGRD (supervisor: Fiona Macintosh). Her research looks at the relationship between classical imagery and perceived authenticity in early- to mid-20th century literature. Claire also works as the APGRD's Archivist-Administrator and co-presents Staging The Archive Podcast

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.

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.