Professor Matthew Wright
Professor of Greek
Telephone: 01392 724206
(On leave from January 2017)
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 special 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 recently organized an international conference on this last topic - Classical Literature and Quotation Culture - which took place in Exeter in July 2016; a volume of papers based on this conference is forthcoming.
I am also one of the lead academics for Exeter's new Liberal Arts degree programme, and I teach on 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 my main project is the completion of a major two-volume work, The Lost Plays of Greek Tragedy. Volume 1 (Neglected Authors) was published by Bloomsbury in autumn 2016, and I am currently using a period of research leave to finish Volume 2 (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides). Also appearing during 2016-17 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 (I am Secretary of the South-West branch) 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.
When I am not being a classicist, my main interest is music: I am a pianist, organist and singer, and have performed widely as a soloist and accompanist.