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Dr Constanze Güthenke
BA, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)


Associate Professor of Greek Literature, Faculty of Classics
E.P. Warren Praelector, Corpus Christi College


Corpus Christi College


Dr Constanze Güthenke


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:

' ''Lives'' as Parameter. The privileging of ancient lives as a category of research around 1900', in Creative Lives. New Approaches to Ancient Intellectual Biography , R. Fletcher and J. Hanink (eds.), (Cambridge University Press forthcoming).

'After Exemplarity. A Map of Plutarchan Scholarship', in The Afterlife of Plutarch, (BICS Supplement), P. Mack and J. North (eds.), (2015 forthcoming).

'The History of Modern Classical Scholarship since 1750', Oxford Online Research Bibliographies in Classics, (2014 in preparation).

' ''Enthusiasm dwells only in specialization''. Classical Philology and Disciplinarity in Nineteenth-Century Germany', in World Philology, B. Elman and S. Pollock (eds.), (Harvard University Press 2014), 304-338.

'Nostalgia and Neutrality. A response to Charles Martindale', Classical Receptions Journal, Vol: 5.2, (2013), 238-245.

'The Middle Voice. German Classical Scholarship and the Greek Chorus', in Choruses, Ancient and Modern, J. Billings, F. Budelmann and F. Macintosh (eds.), (Oxford 2013), 53-66.

Placing Modern Greece: the Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840, (Oxford, UP 2008).