I usually teach in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies – on the Classical side of things. This will be my first year teaching in Arts One and I am very excited about joining the team and our theme – and I can’t wait to meet all of you in the Fall. I am particularly excited to have the chance to teach so many works from so many different periods and regions – from ancient Greece to modern Ireland and China. It’s a unique opportunity for me to explore this with students and I am so very looking forward to it. But especially to teaching The Poor Mouth, which taught me that Irish writing could be hilarious and scathing about the delights of rural poverty, after a lifetime of being told the opposite.
I work in Roman cultural history which covers an enormous swathe of subjects from Cicero (either Rome’s greatest orator or Rome’s greatest windbag depending on your taste: I really like him, but he’s not everyone’s cup of tea) to translation studies to gladiators.
I am currently working on a book on the working classes and the Greek and Roman classics in 18th and 19th century England and Ireland. I also maintain a web page about gladiators, complete with an open source reader about Roman spectaces (www.seeingspectacles.org) that aims to give you all the ancient material on Roman entertainment from mimes to charioteers. And another on the Temple of the Muses, a sort of 18th century Amazon of the London and UK bookselling world (www.thetempleofthemuses.org).
I have an elderly dog named Seamus whose ability to sleep for 20+ hours a day is an example to me, and I hope to all.