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Professor Constanze Güthenke

Constanze Güthenke


Associate Professor of Greek Literature and the E.P. Warren Praelector

BA, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)


I was trained both in Classics (BA Cambridge) and in European and Comparative Literature (MPhil Cambridge, DPhil Oxford). From 2003-2014 I taught in the Classics Department at Princeton University where I was also affiliated with the Program in Hellenic Studies. I am happy to have recently returned to Oxford as Associate Professor of Greek Literature and the E.P. Warren Praelector at Corpus Christi College.

Research Keywords:

Greek literature; reception studies; the postclassical; history of scholarship; ancient biography; Modern Greek literature

Research Interests:

My main research interests lie in the field of antiquity after antiquity, and in questions of the disciplinary shape of Classics: why, and how, do classicists ask the questions they ask? My current book project, entitled Studying Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Classical Scholarship and the Language of Attachment, 1790-1920 (Cambridge UP, forthcoming) is a look at the rhetorical strategies and organizing metaphors of German classical scholarship. In the future I intend to continue work on the transnational aspects of scholarship, asking what happens to classical knowledge when it migrates between places and contexts. I teach on a wide range of topics and genres in Greek literature (tragedy, comedy, epic, philosophical dialogue, ancient biography) and their afterlife, as well as on Modern Greek literature and culture.

Selected publications:

Placing Modern Greece: the Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840 (Oxford UP, 2008)
'The History of Modern Classical Scholarship since 1750', Oxford Online Research Bibliographies in Classics (in preparation)
'After Exemplarity. A Map of Plutarchan Scholarship', in The Afterlife of Plutarch, ed. P. Mack and J. North, BICS Supplement (forthcoming, 2015).
'"Lives" as Parameter. The privileging of ancient lives as a category of research around 1900', in R. Fletcher and J. Hanink (eds), Creative Lives. New Approaches to Ancient Intellectual Biography (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).
'"Enthusiasm dwells only in specialization". Classical Philology and Disciplinarity in Nineteenth-Century Germany', in B. Elman and S. Pollock (eds.), World Philology (Harvard University Press, 2014), 304-338.
'Sic Semper Tyrannis'. Maria Wyke's Caesar in the USA' (review essay), Arion 21.3, 163-180.
'Nostalgia and Neutrality. A response to Charles Martindale', Classical Receptions Journal 5.2 (2013), 238-245.
'The Middle Voice. German Classical Scholarship and the Greek Chorus', in Choruses, Ancient and Modern, ed. J. Billings, F. Budelmann and F. Mackintosh (Oxford, 2013), 53-66.
'The Potter's Daughter's Sons. German Classical Scholarship and the Language of Love circa 1800', Representations 109.1 (2010), 122-147.
'Editing the Nation. Classical Scholarship in Greece, ca 1930', in Susan Stephens and Phiroze Vasunia (eds.), Classics and Nationalism (Oxford, 2010), 121-140.
'Shop Talk. Reception Studies and Recent Work in the History of Scholarship', Classical Receptions Journal 1 (2009), 104-115.



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