Professor Nora Goldschmidt
|Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History||209 38 North Bailey|
My research interests lie broadly in Latin poetry and classical reception. Drawing on training in both English and Classics, my work bridges boundaries between classical antiquity and classics after antiquity to challenge perceived divisions between the study of ‘antiquity’ and the study of ‘reception’.
My first monograph (based on a DPhil from Magdalen College, Oxford), Shaggy Crowns: Ennius’ Annales and Virgil’s Aeneid, is published in the Oxford Classical Monographs series with Oxford University Press (2013). The first book-length study of the relationship between the two poets in almost one-hundred years, it presents a model of intertextuality as a mode of reception embedded in the ways in which Rome remembered its past.
Tied in with my work on the ERC-funded ‘Living Poets’ project (2012-2015), my next cluster of publications focuses on how imaginary life-writing has shaped the reception of ancient texts. Afterlives of the Roman Poets: Biofiction and the Reception of Latin Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is a cultural history of the reception of Roman poetry as seen through the fictional biographies (or ‘biofictions’) of its authors; it brings together debates on authorship and life-writing to rethink the role of life-writing in Roman poetry and its reception. Together with Barbara Graziosi, I have also edited a collection of essays on the poet’s tomb as a site of reception poised between text and material culture (Oxford University Press, 2018).
My most recent project draws together my interests in fragmentary texts and later literary and material reception contexts. Supported by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2020-2022), Fragmentary Modernisms: The Classical Fragment in Literary and Visual Cultures is a major new investigation of the dialogues between the discovery, dissemination and scholarly interpretation of the fragments of Graeco-Roman antiquity and the literary and visual cultures of modernism and its contemporary legacy. The project monograph, Fragmentary Modernisms: The Classical Fragment in Literary and Visual Cultures c.1896-c.1940, is under contract with the ‘Classical Presences’ series at Oxford University Press, aiming for publication in 2023.
I edit the book series New Directions in Classics (Bloomsbury) with Fiachra Mac Góráin and Charles Martindale. I am executive committee member of the Classical Reception Studies Network, member of the Internationaler Arbeitskreis Hermann Broch, and affiliated member of the Princeton Postclassicisms network.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in topics in Latin literature and classical reception, biography/life-writing, fragments and fragmentation, classics in twentieth-century literature (especially modernism and after), and theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches.
School Talks and Outreach
I am very happy to give school talks on topics in Latin literature (especially Virgil) and Classical reception for students of Classics, Classical Civilization and English Literature (including classical themes in the authors on the current ‘Poetry’ section for the AQA A’ Level syllabus).
- Latin Poetry
- Classical Reception
- Biography and Biofiction
- Fragments and Fragmentation
- Classics ‘After Theory’
- Classics and Twentieth-century Literature
- Goldschmidt, N. (Accepted). Fragmentary Modernisms: The Classical Fragment in Literary and Visual Cultures c.1896-c.1940. Oxford University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2019). Afterlives of the Roman Poets: Biofiction and the Reception of Latin Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid. Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. (2018). Introduction. In Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. Oxford University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (Forthcoming). Poetry, Prosecution, and the Author Function. In Roman Law and Latin Literature. Bexley, E. & Ziogas, I. Bloomsbury.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2020). After-Lives: 20th-century Biographical Receptions of Greek and Roman Poets. In The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography. de Temmerman, K. Oxford University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2020). Reading the 'Implied Author' in the De rerum natura. In Approaches to Lucretius. O'Rourke, D. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 43-58.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2019). 'Orts, scraps, and fragments': Translation, Non-Translation, and the Fragments of Ancient Greece'. In Modernism and Non-Translation. Harding, J. & Nash, J. Oxford University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2018). Ovid's Tombs: Afterlives of a Poetic corpus. In Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. Oxford University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2017). Cameo Roles: Virgil in Ovidian Biography. In The Ancient Lives of Virgil: Literary and Historical Studies. Hardie, P. R. & Powell, A. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales. 115-132.
- Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. (2018). Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Oxford University Press.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2017). Textual Monuments: Reconstructing Carthage in Augustan Literary Culture. Classical Philology 112(3): 368-383.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2012). Absent Presence: pater Ennius in Renaissance Europe. Classical Receptions Journal 4(1): 1-19.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Plautus: A Guide to Selected Sources.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Ovid: A Guide to Selected Sources.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Terence: A Guide to Selected Sources.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Virgil: A Guide to Selected Sources.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Lucan: A Guide to Selected Sources.
- Goldschmidt, N. (2013). Lucretius: A Guide to Selected Sources.