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Deborah Beck

Associate Faculty PhD 1997, Harvard University

Assistant Professor
Deborah Beck

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Biography

Research and other work:
Formulas and oral aesthetics in early Greek poetry; cognitive theories of reading and image processing; speech and speech representation in Homeric epic; representations of art and interpretation in Augustan Latin poetry

Courses taught:
Beginning Latin and Greek

Intermediate Latin (Cicero, love elegy, Ovid, Catullus); Intermediate Greek (Homer, Plato, Lysias, Herodotus, Euripides)

Advanced Latin (Petronius, Ovid, Horace, Vergil); Advanced Greek (Greek drama, Aristophanes, Sophocles)

Graduate seminars: Homer (both Iliad and Odyssey), Archaic Poetry, Apollonius Argonautica, Latin predecessors of Vergil

Classical Mythology; Ancient Epic; Epic Tradition; Introduction to Western Literature; freshman seminar "Odysseus' Odysseys"

Select awards and honors:
2014, National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend and Summer Research Assignment (SRA), University of Texas
2010, SRA, University of Texas
2004, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship

Select recent publications and work in progress:

"The First Simile of the Aeneid," forthcoming in Vergilius (2014)

“Expressive Narration in Apollonius’ Argonauticaforthcoming in Syllecta Classica

Similes in Vergil’s “Aeneid,” in preparation for submission to Cambridge University Press

A commentary on Homer Iliad 16, proposal in preparation for Cambridge University Press (green and yellow series)

Books:

Speech Presentation in the Homeric Epics (University of Texas Press, 2012)
Companion database:  http://www.laits.utexas.edu/DeborahBeck

Homeric Conversation (Harvard University Press, 2005 [Hellenic Studies 14]).

Select articles and book chapters:

“Simile Structure in Homeric Epic and Vergil’s Aeneid,” 244-66 in Between Orality and Literacy: Communication and Adaptation in Antiquity, Scodel, R., ed. (Leiden: Brill, 2014)

“The Presentation of Song in Homer’s Odyssey,” 25–53 in Orality, Literacy and Performance in the Ancient World, Minchin, E., ed. (Leiden: Brill, 2012).

"Speech Act Types, Conversational Exchange, and the Speech Representational Spectrum in Homer," 137-51 in Narratology and Interpretation, J. Grethlien and A. Rengakos, eds. (Walter de Gruyter), 2009.

"Character-Quoted Direct Speech in the Iliad," Phoenix 62.2 (2008), 162-83.

"Narratology and Linguistics: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Homeric Speech Representation," TAPA  138.2 (2008), 351-78.

"Ecphrasis, Audience, and Interpretation in Aeneid 1 and Odyssey 8.” American Journal of Philology 128.4 (2007), 533-49.

Interests

Formulas and oral aesthetics in early Greek poetry; cognitive theories of reading and image processing; speech and speech representation in Homeric epic; representations of art and interpretation in Augustan Latin poetry
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