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MemberLeah Schwebel

I am an Assistant Professor of English at Texas State University. I work on Chaucer’s reception of his Italian and classical sources, with a focus on how popular stories are translated and retold across national and temporal boundaries. I teach Chaucer at the graduate and undergraduate level, and also offer courses on Dante and Boccaccio in translation. My book project, Chaucer’s Italian Poetics of Intertextuality and Erasure, argues that Chaucer relies on Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio for their strategies of artful intertextuality: the very ways these authors not only promote but also mistranslate and erase the writings of their predecessors. By looking beyond Chaucer’s immediate literary models and considering how these authors themselves use and translate their sources, my work develops new ways of talking about a perennially difficult question, namely, how we codify literary influence in situations that lack overt textual borrowings.

MemberBrandon Wason

I work with special collections — archives, manuscripts, rare books — at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University. I have a BA in Classics from California State University, Long Beach (2006), a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Candler School of Theology (2009), and most recently a PhD in New Testament from Emory University (defended my dissertation in March 2017). My research is primarily concerned with Luke-Acts, ancient historiography, and rhetoric criticism. My dissertation, “All Things to All People: Luke’s Paul as an Orator in Diverse Social Contexts,” looks at Luke’s characterization of Paul in four main speeches in Acts (chs. 13, 17, 20, and 26). This dissertation looks at two issues related to the characterization of Paul in the book of Acts: (1) whether Luke, the author of Acts, makes use of the rhetorical exercise of speech-in-character (prosopopoeia/ethopoeia), and (2) what Luke’s purposes are in portraying Paul as a gifted speaker who adapts to different rhetorical situations. Thus, this dissertation looks at each speech individually, and then considers the cumulative portrait of Paul in Acts.

MemberElizabeth Hale

I work at the University of New England in the high country of New South Wales.  I teach and research in children’s literature and classical reception studies.  I lead the Australasian wing of the ERC-funded Our Mythical Childhood project (Grant agreement No 681202) which traces the reception of classical antiquity in children’s and young adults’ culture.  I am writing a Guide to the field of recent children’s literature inspired by classical antiquity.

MemberStephen Hill

I’m a PhD student at the University of Virginia with interests in Greek religion (and its reception by classical and post-classical writers), Greek linguistics, and the application of second language acquisition research to the teaching of Latin and ancient Greek. Before coming to UVA, I studied Classics at the University of Kentucky and language teaching at the University of Illinois. In the summers, I’ve taught intensive Greek courses for the Polis Institute in Rome and Florida.