Book and Selected Articles by Nancy Felson, Professor Emerita, University of Georgia

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Nancy Felson's CV


Current activity (11/6/2022)


Now long retired, I’m living in an apartment in Dobbs Ferry, NY, about thirty minutes north of Manhattan.  I’ve avoided contracting COVID so far.  I turn 80 in January and am feeling pretty peppy.  I have completed a number of academic projects in the last year:

1.       a chapter called “Epilogue” for the second edition of Regarding Penelope: From Character to Poetics an online publication that has recently appeared on the website of the Center for Hellenic Studies. 


2.      an essay entitled “Eurycleia: The Odyssey’s Best Supporting Character,” to be published in a forthcoming special issue of SKENE: Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies on the topic of Nurses in Theatre. 


3.      an essay on Book 21 of the Odyssey for The Oxford Critical Guide to Homer’s Odyssey, ed. Joel P. Christensen.


4.      a talk entitled “His line, her turn: stopping at the garden gate in Archilochus’ Erotic Fragment’ for a Conference in honor of Seth L. Schein, held in May 2022 at the University of Chicago, co-organized by Alex Purves and Sara Nooter.


5.      a talk entitled “Odysseus as mentor,” delivered at the University of Sydney, Australia in April 2022.


6.      a presentation on Zoom with Joel Christensen, sponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies, on Euripides’ Ion May 18m 2022 (a video is available).


I’ve also been attending a reading group on “Feminism and Hannah Arendt” for the last two years, sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College.  And I spent a month in Australia, where my son Alex and his family currently live.  Sabrina and family live in Jackson Heights, Queens; Rachel on the west coast in Eugene, Oregon, and Joe and his family in Maryland.  I am currently spending the month in Paris, Cambridge, and London, and am reconnecting with collaborators Fiona Macintosh, Alex Silverman, and Helen Eastman, with whom I worked on a “Performing Pindar” project two years ago.  I’m hoping to convince them to develop another performance piece.  I miss my students and colleagues at UGA.

Published Works


Regarding Penelope: From Character to Poetics,
second edition 2022 [1994 original.  Princeton UP].

Contextualizing Classics: Ideology, Perforance, Dialogue. Essays in Honor of John J. Peradotto (edited by Thomas M. Falkner, Nancy Felson, and David Konstan). 1999.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.: Lanham. NY. Oxford.

Selected Articles

Appropriating Ancient Greek Myths: Strategies and Caveats
, Studies in Gender and Sexuality 17,2,
2016, pp. 126-31

Bakhtinian Alterity, Homeric Rapport, Arethusa,26,2, 1993, Bakhtin and Ancient Studies: Dialogues and Dialogics, pp. 159-71

Children of Zeus,  in the Homeric Hymns, Generational Succession In Andrew Faulkner, ed., The Homeric Hymns: interpretive essays (Oxford University Press 2011) 254-79.
Deixis in Linguistics and Poetics with Jared S. Klein. In Encyclopedia of Greek Linguistics and Language Vol. I (2014) 429-33.

Eco's Semiotics, a Clasicist's Perspective
, Helios n.s. 6,2, 1978-79, pp. 17-32

Epinician Apollo in Story Tme: Pythian 9, Olympian 6 and Pythian 3
n L. Athanassaki, V. Karasmanis, R. Martin, J. Miller, eds. Apolline Politics and Poetics. Athens: European Cultural Centre of Delphi (2009) 149-68.

Epinician Ideology at the Phaeacian Games: Odyssey Book 8 97-265. in Contests and Rewards in the Homeric Epics, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on the Odyssey, 2004, pp. 129-43

The Epinician Speaker in Pindar's First Olympian: Toward a Model for Analyzing Character in Ancient Choral Lyric, Poetics Today. 5.2, "The Construction of Reality in Fiction," Duke UP, 1984, pp. 377-97

Gender and Homeric Epic, with Laura Slatkin, In Robert Fowler, ed., Cambridge Companion to Homer, Cambridge UP: 2004, pp. 91-114 (nominated twice for outstanding feminist article of the year).

Introduction to the Poetics of Deixis, Arethusa 37.3, 2004, pp. 253-66.

Introduction: Why Classics and Semiotics? Arethusa, 16.1/2, 1983, pp. 5-14.

Many Meanings, One Formula, and the Myth of the Aloades, with Harriet M. Deal, Semiotica 29-1/2, 39-52,

Meleager and the Motifemic Analysis of Myth: A Response, Arethusa 17.2 1984, pp. 211-22.

Meleager and Odysseus: A Structural and Cultural Study of the Greek Hunting-Maturation Myth, Arethusa 16,1/2, 1983, pp. 137-71.

Narrative Structure in Pindar's Ninth Pythian,
The Classical World, 71,6, 1978, pp. 353-67.

Nostos, Tisis and Two Forms of Dialogism in Homer's Odyssey, with Laura Slatkin.  In Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Epic, Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on the Odyssey, Ithaca, 2013. pp. 211-22.

Paradigms of Paternity: Fathers, Sons, and Athletic/Sexual Prowess in Homer's Odyssey,  In Euphrosyne: Studies in Ancient Epic and Its Legacy in Honor of Dimitris N. Maronitis, Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart 1999, pp. 89-98.

The Partnership of Zeus and Gaia in Hesiod's Theogony, In Gods and Mortals in Greek and Latin Poetry, Studies in honor of Jenny Strauss Clay, ed. by Lucia Athanassaki et al. Ariadne, Journal of the School of Philosophy of the University of Crete, supplement series 2, 2018, pp. 57-80.

Penelope's Perspective: Character from Plot. In J.M. Bremer, I.J.F. de Jong, and J. Kalff, eds., Recent Trends in Homeric Interpreta­tion (Amsterdam 1988) 61‑83.

Pindar's Creation of Epinician Symbols: Olympian 7 and 6, In special issue of The Classical World 74.2, 1980, Symbolism in Greek Poetry, pp. 67-87.

Plot Structures and Semantic Resonances in Ancient Greek 'Almost Incest' Narratives, in Structuralisms(s) Today, ed. by Veronika Ambros et al. 2009.
Paris, Prague, Tartu. pp. 121-36.

The Poetic Effects of Deixis in Pindar's Ninth Pythian Ode, Arethusa 37, pp. 365-89.

Radical Semantic Shifts in Archilochus.
The Classical Journal 77.1, 1981, pp. 1-8.

Semiotics and Classical Studies editor of Special Issue of Arethusa 16.1/2l, 1983, 277 pages.

Shaping Audience Perspectives Through Deictic Patterns: Aeschylus' Persae,in Philosopher Kings and Tragic Heroes ed. by Heather L. Reid and Davide Tanasi, Parnassos Press, 2016, pp. 255-79.

Signposts in Oral Epic: Metapragmatic and Metasemantic Signals,
  In C.-A. Mihailescu and W. Hamarneh, eds., Fiction Updated: Theories of Fictionality, Narratology, and Poetics (Toron­to UP 1997) 175-86.

The "Savvy Interpreter": Performance and Interpretation in Pindar's Victory Ode, with Richard J. Parmentier, Signs and Society 3,2, 2015, pp. 261-305.

Some Functions of the Demophon Episode in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter,  with Harriet M. Deal, Quaderni Urbinati di cultura Classica, NS 5, 1980, pp. 7-21

Some Functions of the Enclosed Invective in Archilochus' Erotic Fragment, The Classical Journal 74,2, 1978-79, pp. 136-41.

Teaching and Reading Classics After 9/11, Amphora 1.1, 2002, pp. 7-8.

 “Thebes, Akragas, and Syracuse in Two of Pindar's Sicilian Odes,” Pindar in Sicily, eds. Heather Reid and Virginia Lewis. Fonte Aretusa: 2021, 241-70. 

The Toast and the Future Prayer, Hermes 108. Bd. H. 2,
1980, pp. 248-52.

Threptra and Invincible Hands: The Father-Son Relationship in Iliad 24, Arethusa 35,1, 2002, pp. 35-50.

Vicarious Transport: Fictive Deixis in Pindar's Pythian Four, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 99, 1999, pp. 1-31

Victory and Virility in the Homeric Hymn To Apollo: At Whose Expense?
  In Hymnes de la Gr
èce Antique, ed. by Richard Bouchon et al., Collection de la Maison de L'Orient et de la Méditerrane 50, Série Littéraire et Philosophique 17, 2008, pp. 269-80.