Professor Matthew Wright
Head of Classics and Ancient History, Associate Professor
Telephone: 01392 724206
I am a classical scholar, literary critic and teacher with wide interests in ancient and modern literature. I have been a member of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter since leaving Oxford in 1999. My particular research interests lie in Greek and Roman drama, ancient literary criticism, fragmentary and lost works, and the idea of 'quotation culture' in the ancient world (that is, the ways in which literature was quoted, deployed or manipulated in a variety of different contexts).
I am also one of the lead academics for Exeter's new Liberal Arts degree programme, and I convene one of its core modules (The Art of Reading and Writing). For a year I taught at Vassar College, NY, an experience which opened my eyes to the intellectual and personal values associated with a liberal arts education.
At the moment I am working on several projects including a major two-volume work, The Lost Plays of Greek Tragedy, the first volume of which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Also appearing during the next year are Selfhood and The Soul (an edited collection in honour of my colleague Chris Gill) and a new translation of Euripides' Ion, Helen and Orestes by Diane Arnson Svarlien, to which I contributed the introduction and notes. My other publications include The Comedian as Critic (2012), Euripides: Orestes (2008), Euripides' Escape-Tragedies (2005), and numerous articles and reviews.
I am an active member of the Classical Association (at local and national levels) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At various times I have also been one of the editors of JHS, a committee member of the Council for UK Classics Departments (CUCD), a Council Member of the Hellenic Society, and a member of the editorial team of Omnibus.