Dr Jennifer Wallace, Peterhouse
I studied both Classics and English for my undergraduate degree in Cambridge and wrote a doctorate on Romantic Hellenism. I took up my current post, as Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse, and affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of English, in 1995. My interest in Greece has led me to serve since 2010 on the jury of the annual London Hellenic Prize (an award given to a book related in some way to Greece, ancient or modern) and on the production committee of the Cambridge Greek Play. I have organised three international conferences in Cambridge, supported by the Judith E Wilson fund, on the performance of Greek tragedy, bringing together academics and theatre practitioners.
I have been invited to speak to departments of English Literature, Classics and Archaeology in the UK, Europe, China, India and America. Recent invited lectures have been given in Tbilisi, Georgia (Shota Rustaveli Institute of Literature), Columbia University, New York (Archaeology deparment), Oxford University (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama) and Freie Universitat, Berlin (Comparative Literature), as well as at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival.
I have been running the Peterhouse Theory Group, an interdisciplinary seminar for graduate students and senior faculty, with speakers from outside as well as within academia, since 1999. For details of this, and my freelance journalistic writing for the Times Higher Education Supplement, Smithsonian Magazine and other publications, see my webpage on the Peterhouse site:
While I began my research career focusing on Shelley and Romantic Hellenism, and I continue to write about the Romantics and Greece, my interests have since developed into various related areas: Literature of the period 1780-1900; Classical reception in English literature; Women, gender and the classics; Archaeological poetics; memorial and memory; Greek tragedy; Comparative tragedy; Greece and hellenism; Photography and performance.
Publications include books on Shelley and Greece: Rethinking Romantic Hellenism (1997); Digging the Dirt: The Archaeological Imagination (2004); and The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy (2007); The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 1790-1880 (2015); and articles on Shelley, Keats, Byron, Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, L.E.L., Elizabeth Carter, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold and comparative drama and Tragedy.
Current research projects include curating a volume for Bloomsbury - A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Modern Age - and writing a book on Tragedy since 9/11. My first work on fiction, Digging Up Milton, set in 1790, was recently published by Cillian Press.
Areas of Graduate Supervision
I regularly supervise graduate students on the 1700-1830 MPhil course. Recent students I've supervised have written on P.B. Shelley, Mary Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Keats, Walter Scott, Sara Coleridge and Ossian.
Books and editions:
- (Ed.), The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 1790-1880, with Norman Vance (Oxford University Press, 2015).
- The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
- Digging the Dirt: The Archaeological Imagination (Duckworth, 2004).
- (Guest ed.), Special issue on Sophocles' Electra, with Jane Montgomery, Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today (2002). Online journal.
- Shelley and Greece: Rethinking Romantic Hellenism (Macmillan, 1997)
- (Ed.), Lives of the Great Romantics: Keats (Pickering and Chatto, 1997)
Essays and articles:
- "Tragedy, Photography and Osama Bin Laden: Looking at the Enemy", Critical Quarterly, 57.2 (2015), pp. 17-35.
- "'Greek Under the Trees: Classical Reception and Gender", in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 1790-1880 (2015). pp.243-278.
- "The Younger Romantics: Leigh Hunt, Keats and Shelley", in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 1790-1880 (2015), pp. 413-448.
- "Tragedy and Laughter", Comparative Drama, 47.2 (2013), pp. 201-224
- "Tragedy in China", Cambridge Quarterly, 42.2 (2013), pp. 99-111
- “Classics as Souvenir: L.E.L. and the Annuals”, Classical Receptions Journal, 3.1 (2011), pp. 109-128.
- “’Copying Shelley’s Letters’: Mary Shelley and the Uncanny Erotics of Greek”, Women’s Studies, 40.1 (2011), pp. 404-428.
- “Tragic Sacrifice and Faith: Abraham and Agamemnon Again”, in Kevin Taylor and Giles Waller (eds.), Christian Theology and Tragedy: Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory (Ashgate, 2011), pp. 35-52.
- "Tragedy and Exile", in Sarah Brown (ed.), Tragedy in Transition (Blackwell, 2007), pp. 141-156
- "'We Can't Make More Dirt': Tragedy and the Excavated Body", Cambridge Quarterly, 32.3 (2003), pp. 103-111
- "Confined and Exposed: Elizabeth Carter's Classical Translations", Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 22.2 (Fall, 2003), pp. 315-334.
- "Keats's Frailty: The Body and Biography", in A. Bradley and A. Rawes (eds.), Romantic Biography (Ashgate, 2003), pp. 139-151.
- "Romantic Electra: The Case of Shelley's Beatrice", Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today, 5.3 (2002) [online].
- "Digging for Homer: Literary Authenticity and Romantic Archaeology", Romanticism (2001), pp. 73-87
- "Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Knowing Greek", Essays in Criticism (2000).pp. 329-353
- "The (Hi)story of Illyria", Greece and Rome, 45.2 (1998), pp. 213-225
- "Translation in Arnold's Empedocles", Essays in Criticism, Vol 45 No. 4, (1995),pp. 301-323
- "Tyranny and Translation: Shelley's Unbinding of Prometheus", Romanticism, 1.1 (1995), pp. 15-33.
- "'We are all Greeks': National identity and the Greek War of Independence", Byron Journal, 23 (1995), pp. 36-49
- "Shelley, Plato and the Political Imagination", in A. Baldwin and S. Hutton (eds.), Platonism and the English Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 229-241.