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Al Duncan

Contact Information: 

alduncan@stanford.edu

Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94040

Biography: 

Graduated with Ph.D. in Classics, Spring 2012; Geballe Dissertation Fellow

Al Duncan's primary interests involve Greek drama. His dissertation, "Tragic Ugliness: The Interplay of Genre and Aesthetics in Greek Drama,” co-directed by Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi and Richard Martin, with Rush Rehm and Andrea Nightingale as readers, studies the reflexive relationship between genre and aesthetics in drama of the fifth century BCE. Using historical, visual, and textual evidence, the work calls for a reassessment of the role of ugliness in tragedy.  In Spring 2012, Al accepted a tenure-track offer from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.  He joined them as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literature in Fall 2012, and continues to teach at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

 

Current Projects: 
"Tragic Ugliness: The Interplay of Genre and Aesthetics in Greek Drama" (completed dissertation; monograph in preparation)
“Beauty’s Effacement: Masking Mourning in Euripides’ Helen” (in preparation)
“The Dedicated Comic Mask as Material Object and Poetic Symbol” (in preparation)
Book review: R. Wyles, Costume in Greek Tragedy. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2011. Forthcoming from BMCR.
Book review: M. Ewans, Aristophanes: Acharnians, Knights, and Peace. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. Forthcoming from CJ.