Classics > People > Academic Staff > Justine McConnell

Dr Justine McConnell
BA Camb, MPhil Bristol, PhD Lond


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Faculty of Classics
Bowra Junior Research Fellow in Humanities, Wadham College


The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road


Dr Justine McConnell


Justine is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at TORCH, working on contemporary African, Caribbean, and ancient Greek poetics. After degrees at Cambridge, Bristol, and London, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago, before coming to Oxford as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), where she worked on the 'Performing Epic' project.

Research Keywords:

Classical Reception, Greek and Roman Epic, Greek Drama, postcolonial literature and theory

Research Interests:

Justine's research focuses on African diaspora literature and performance, and the reception of Classics since the nineteenth century. Recently, she has worked on the performance reception of Greek and Roman epic, and is currently exploring contemporary African, Caribbean, and ancient Greek poetics, with a particular focus on the transitions from orality to literature in each. She is author of Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939 (2013), and co-editor of Ancient Slavery and Abolition: From Hobbes to Hollywood (2011), The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015), and Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 (2016).

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  J-McConnell-Publications-Apr-2016.pdf

Selected Publications:

Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas, Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell and Patrice Rankine (eds.), (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015).

'Avant-Garde Epic: Robert Wilson’s Odyssey and the Experimental Turn', Arion, Vol: 21.1, (2013), 161-174.

Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939, (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013).

' ''You had to wade this deep in blood?'': Violence and Madness in Derek Walcott's The Odyssey', (Intertexts 2012), 43-56.

Ancient Slavery and Abolition: from Hobbes to Hollywood, Edith Hall, Richard Alston and Justine McConnell (eds.), (2011).