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Dr Katharine Earnshaw

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History


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Telephone: 01392 723322

My research centres around Latin hexameter poetry (in particular the authors Lucan, Lucretius and Virgil), especially where it initiates a discourse with 'scientific', geographical, and philosophical discourse. My work approaches the poetry from a number of different angles, the current main strands of which could be categorised as follows:

Space and landscape: I am currently completing a book on Lucan's Landscape, which considers landscape, space, place and spacetime in the Pharsalia. I am interested more generally in literary approaches which draw on ideas of spatiality, ecocriticism, geocriticism, and the anthropocene.

Cognitive Humanities: especially texts and multimodality, spatiality and temporality, memory, perception and mental visualization. On this latter I co-organised (together with Felix Budelmann) a conference in January 2016, entitled 'Cognitive Visions: poetic image-making and the mind' ( I am very interested in the two-way direction of neuroscientific research and the humanities.

Classical Reception: especially in British and American literature and art of the Long Eighteenth Century, and of the last quarter of the 18th and into the Romantic period in particular. I work or have worked on the reception of Lucan, Lucretius and Virgil in authors such as Percy Bysshe Shelley and J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, and artists such as Henry Fuseli.

I am also interested in the literature of the Neronian period more generally (especially Seneca's Natural Questions).

In general, I enjoy the close philological detail of traditional classical approaches (my PhD thesis was a commentary on a section of book IV of Lucan's Pharsalia), and I also enjoy opportunities that allow me to work and collaborate with those in other disciplines (e.g. Geography, History of Art, English, and the Cognitive Sciences).