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In recent years I have been working on Greek aesthetics. I have been especially interested in the Greek notions of aesthetic pleasure and aesthetic response as these are represented and debated in poetic and philosophical texts. I discuss such issues in my book Frontiers of Pleasure: Models of Aesthetic Response in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought ( http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ClassicalStudies/?view=usa... ). I have also been working on the aesthetics of dance in Greek culture and I am preparing a volume on Dance and Aesthetic Perception that will include published articles and papers I gave in various venues in the US and in Europe. A volume I edited on Performance and Culture in Plato’s Laws ( http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item7078382/Performance%20and...) has been published recently.
Since I came to Stanford I have been teaching graduate seminars such as Aesthetics and Politics of Dance in Greece (Spring 2003, as a visiting Professor), Choral Poetry and Performance (2005 and 2008), Criticism, Interpretation and Reception in Antiquity: the case of Sappho (2006), Mimesis in Poetry and Philosophy (with Andrea Nightingale, 2007), Pleasure in Greek Thought ( 2009), Sappho, Plato, Proust (both undergraduate and graduate, 2010), The Relationship between the Verbal and the Visual in Greek Culture ( 2010) , Mousike in Theory and Performance (with Reviel Netz, 2010), Introduction to Greek Aesthetics (2012), Literary and Art Criticism in Greece (2013). I have also taught undergraduate classes such as the Majors seminar [ Representing Women in Antiquity (2005); Symposia and Banquets in Antiquity (2006); Desire in Antiquity (2007); Beauty in Antiquity (2012)] , Introductory seminars, and Advanced Greek and have been involved in several dissertation projects, some of which are relevant to my interests in Greek aesthetics.
I am a founding member of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song ( http://greeksong.ruhosting.nl ) an international network of scholars that promotes the study of Greek lyric poetry.