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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; 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 (archaic poetry, Homer, Greek drama, Aristophanes, Sophocles, Apollonius of Rhodes)

Classical Mythology; Ancient Epic; Epic Tradition; Introduction to Western Literature

Awards and honors:
2010, Summer Research Assignment, University of Texas
2004, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship

Select recent publications:

In Progress--

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

“Simile Structure in Homeric Epic and Vergil’s Aeneid,” forthcoming in Orality and Literacy X conference proceedings

“Speech Presentation and Audience(s) in Hesiod’s Theogony,” submitted to Classical Antiquity

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)

“Expressive Narration in Apollonius’ Argonautica” (article in preparation)

Books--
Speech Presentation in the Homeric Epics (University of Texas Press, 2012); Hamilton Book Award nominee
Companion database:  http://www.laits.utexas.edu/DeborahBeck

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

Articles and book chapters--

“The Presentation of Song in Homer’s Odyssey,” 25–53 in Orality and Literacy IX, 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; speech and speech representation in Homeric epic; representations of art and interpretation in Augustan Latin poetry
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