NANCY FELSON

Professor Emerita, University of Georgia

felsonnancy@gmail.com

PHONE: (706) 254-0424

255 Broadway, #5

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

 

 

INTERESTS:

 

Homeric Epic, Lyric (Pindar; Archilochus), Homeric Hymns, Greek Tragedy, Latin Poetry (Vergil, Elegiac, Horace), Gender Studies, Performance Theory, Myth Theory, Narratology, Semiotics

 

EDUCATION:

 

University of Cincinnati  B.A. High Honors 1964

Columbia University       M.A. 1965, Ph.D. 1972

 

DISSERTATION:

 

Thematic Structure and Figures of Speech in Pindar (with Howard N. Porter)

 

MASTER'S THESIS:

 

Pairing as a Structuring Device in Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes (with Helen Bacon)

 

EMPLOYMENT:

 

Bard Prison Initiative (Eastern Correctional Institution) Visiting Instructor, Fall Semester, 2018

American School for Classical Studies in Athens   Whitehead Professor, 2010-2011

University of Georgia:

Professor Emerita June 2010-  

Professor of Classics, 1993-2010

Associate Professor, 1981-92

Assistant Professor, 1975-81

Visiting Lecturer, 1974-75

Associated Faculty, Department of Religion, 1984-2010

Graduate Coordinator, 2003-2006

Director of “Reacting to the Past” for Franklin College, 2000-2010

Smith College: Visiting Scholar, Fall 1987; Visiting Professor, 1986‑87

Herbert H. Lehman College of CUNY:  Adjunct Lecturer, 1973‑74

Hunter College of CUNY:  Adjunct Lecturer, 1967 and 1971‑72

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

 

Culture courses:  Archaic Greece, Epic, Tragedy, Comedy, Gender and Greek Religion, Goddesses and Heroines in Greek Poetry, Greek Sanctuar­ies and Festivals (team taught), Greek and Roman Culture, Mythology, Myth Theory, Sex and Power in Ancient Greece, Masculinities in Ancient Greek Literature 

 

Greek:   Aristotle (Poetics, Nicomachean Ethics), Elementary and Intermediate Greek, Euripides, Herodotus, Homer, Hesiod, Lyric, Lysias, Menander, Pindar, Plato, Sophocles, Graduate Survey of Poetry

 

Latin:  Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Cicero, Propertius, Sueto­nius, Horace, Plautus

 

Comparative Literature:  "The Problem Wife" in Fiction (at Smith College)

 

Art/Classics:  "In the Antique Style" (team taught with a Renaissance Scholar)      

 

Innovative Pedagogy:   Reacting to the Past: Athens in 403 BCE,” “Rousseau, Burke, and the French Revolution, 1791 (Reacting to the past, team taught with a French historian)

 

BOOKS AND EDITED VOLUMES:

 

Guest Editor, The Poetics of Deixis in Alcman, Pindar, and Other Lyric, Arethusa 47.3 (2004), 253-472.   

Regarding Penelope:  From Character to Poetics in Homer’s Odyssey.  Princeton University Press: 1994.  Paperback edition, University of Oklahoma Press: 1997.  To be reissued electronically by The Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University (2021)

Co-Editor with Thomas Falkner and David Konstan, Contextualizing Classics: Ideology, Performance, Dialogue.  Rowman and Littlefield: 2000.

Guest Editor, Semiotics and Classical Studies, Arethusa 16.1/2 (1983), 1-275.

Guest Editor, Symbols in Ancient Greek Poetry and Myth, Classical World 74.2 (October 1980), 1-144.

In progress: “Zeus and Gaia in Hesiod’s Theogony: What Does Gaia Want?” “From Thebes to ‘Wide-Chorused Hellas’: Vicarious Travel in Five Pindaric Odes”

 

ARTICLES:

 

 

AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS:             

 

LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PAPERS:

 

·         With Laura M. Slatkin, “Shaping Audience Perspectives through Deictic Patterns: Aeschylus' Persians.”  Yale University Classics Department Workshop, October 1, 2015, University of British Columbia, October 22, 2015, and University of Washington Seattle, October 27, 2015.

·         With Laura M. Slatkin, “Rethinking Aeschylus’ Persians in Syracuse,” Fonte Aretusa Conference, Siracusa, May 2015.

·         Miami University, Lecture: “What Does Gaia Want in Hesiod’s Theogony,” February 2013

·         Ohio State University, Lecture: “Pindar of Thebes: An Invitation to Travel Vicariously in Olympian 3,” 2012

·         University of Michigan, Lecture (Else Seminars): “Pindar of Thebes and his Invitation to Travel: Olympian 2 and Pythian 3,” 2012

·         University of Cincinnati Classics Department and Taft Center, Lecture on Pindar of Thebes, November 2011

·         Yale University: “Pindar of Thebes: the source of the poet’s authority,” Fall 2011

·         University of Patras, Greece: Lecture on Pindar of Thebes, May 2011

·         University of Crete, Rethymno: Lecture on Pindar and Thebes, April 2011

·         APA Meeting, San Antonio, Texas: commentator on Homeric Pedagogy panel, January 2011

·         London: Conference on Cognitive Poetics and Classics: Lecture on masculinity narratives, July 2008.

·         Lyon, France: Conference on the Hymn: Lecture on Hymn to Apollo, June 2008.

·         Hamilton College: Lecture on masculinity and athletics, March 2008.

·         University of Thessaloniki Conference on “Narratology and Interpretation. The Content of the Form in Ancient Texts” Lecture on masculinity (December 2007).

·         CAMWS, Cincinnati, Ohio: “Two Kingdoms, Two Brides: The Bellerophon Narrative of Iliad 6,” April 2007

·         Seventh International Orality Conference in Auckland, New Zealand: “How Not to Get Skinned: Politics and Poetics in The Homeric Hymn to Apollo,” July 2006

·         CAMWS, Gainesville, Florida: “How Not to Get Skinned: Politics and Poetics in The Homeric Hymn to Apollo,” April 2006

·         Center for Odyssey Studies, Ithaki, Greece: Athla kai Enathla Conference: “Proto-Epinikion Among the Phaiakians,” September 2004

·         University of Pennsylvania and American Philological Association, “Apollo in Story Time,” October 2003

·         Delphi, Greece: Conference on Apollo: Lecture on “Apollo in Story Time,” July 2003

·         University of Texas: Lecture on Homer (May 2003

·         University of Thessaloniki: Lecture on Pindar (May 2002

·         University of Crete: Lecture on Pindar (April 2002

·         New York University, New York: Lecture on Pindar (April 2001

·         University of Texas, Austin: Lectures on Pindar and Paternity in Homer (March 2001

·         APA Meeting, San Diego, California: “Over There, Back Then: The Land of Cyrene in Pindar’s Pythian IX” (January 2001

·         Delphi, Greece: Conference on Deixis in Fiction and Performance: “Over There, Back Then: The Land of Cyrene in Pindar’s Pythian IX” (June 2000)

·         State University of New York at Buffalo: “Disrupting the Patriline in Iliad XXIV,”State (April 2000)

·         Colloque Homère, Grenoble, France: “Paradigms of Paternity in Homer’s Odyssey: A Study of the Gentle Father,” (May         1999)

·         CAMWS, Cleveland, Ohio: “Spatial Deixis and the Structure of Journeys in Pindar's Pythian 4 (April 1999)

·         Haverford College: “Paradigms of Paternity in Homer’s Odyssey: A Study of the Gentle Father” (March 1999)

·         University College London: “Vicarious Transport in Pindar’s Pythian 4" (December 1998)

·         Emory University: Conference on Bakhtin—commentator on J. Peradotto (May 1998)

·         University of California at Davis: “Fathers and Sons in the Odyssey: Two Interlocking Paradigms.”  Odyssey Conference (May 1998)

·         University of Lampeter, Wales: panelist on APA Panel on Dialogue (April 1998)

·         Wesleyan University: “The Construction of Male Sexuality in Pindar (Pythian Odes 4, 5, and 9)” (November 1997)

·         Northwestern University: “Olympian 3, Olympia, and the Ancient Olympics” (October 1997)

·         University of Georgia, Humanities Center Lecture: “Deixis in Pindaric Odes” (October 1997)

·         APA Meeting, New York: “A Blueprint for the Classics Future:  New Venues, Services and Networks for M.A. Programs” (December 1996)

·         University of Chicago: “Being Transported:  Olympian 3, the Ancient Olympics and the Enduring Power of Place” (November 1996)

·         University of California at Davis: “Alienated Couples in Greek Tragedy: A Bakhtinian Analysis” (October 1996)

·         University of Cincinnati: “Being Transported: Poetic Travels and Pindaric Victory Odes” (Lecture, May 1996)

·         University of Kentucky: “Being Transported: Poetic Travels and the Ancient Olympics” (Lecture, February 1996)

·         University of Kentucky:  Seminars on Ovid and on Homer’s Odyssey (February 1996)

·         Emory University: “Penelope and Telemachus” (January 1995)

·         APA Meeting, Atlanta: “Spatial Deixis and the Structure of Journeys in Pindar’s Olympian 3” (December 1994)

·         University of Arizona Homer Institute (NEH Lecturer): “Lures and Entrapments in the Odyssey” and “Audience Diversity (gender, age) for Homer’s Odyssey” (July 1994)

·         Mercer College NEH Lecture: “Recollecting Discordant Courtship: The Alienated Wife in Greek Tragedy” (February 1994)

·         Texas Tech University Conference on Carnivalizing Difference: Bakhtin and the Other: “Recollecting Discordant Courtship: The Alienated Wife in Greek Traged(keynote speaker, January 1994)

·         APA Meeting, Washington, DC: Panel on Character and Epic: “Regarding Penelope” (December 1993)   

·         Université de Grenoble, France: Colloquium on Milman Parry: “Artful Manipulation: Od.10.203-60” (September 1993)

·         University of Exeter, UK:  Conference on Reciprocity in Ancient Greece: “Alterity and Rapport in the Odyssey and Greek Tragedy” (June 1993)

·         UGA Humanities Center: “Spatial Deixis and the Structure of Journeys in Pindar's Olympian 3” (spring 1993)

·         Smith College: “Spatial Deixis and the Structure of Journeys in Pindar’s Olympian 3” (April 1993)

·         Mt. Holyoke College: “Bakhtinian Alterity/Homeric Rapport” (April 1993)

·         University of Toronto Comparative Literature Circle: “Bakhtinian Alterity/Homeric Rapport” (December 1992)

·         University of Rochester Classics and Women’s Studies: “Bakhtinian Alterity/Homeric Rapport” (December 1992)

·         Emory University Plato Conference: Comment on Andrea Nightingale, “Alien Voices in Plato’s Phaedrus (April 1992)

·         Emory University Women’s Studies Colloquium: “Juno’s Dissidence and the New Roman Order” (April 1992)

·         Miami University, Ohio: “Regarding Penelope: From Character to Poetics” (November 1991)

·         University of Wisconsin, Madison: “Regarding Penelope” (February 1990)

·         Goshen College: “Canonizing Revision” (keynote lecture) (November 1990) Washington University Working Papers on Homer: “Regarding Penelope: From Courtship toPoetics” (October 1990)

·         Emory University Women’s Studies class: “Regarding Penelope” (September 1990)

·         CAMWS Meeting, Columbia, Missouri: “Men in Feminism:  Odysseus Regards Penelope” (April 1990)

·         University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry: “Men in Feminism:  Odysseus Regards Penelope” (March 1990)

·         Graduate Center of CUNY: Panel on Bakhtin and Feminist Literary Criticism: “Juno’s Dissidence and the New Roman Order:  Dialogicity in the Aeneid” (March 1990)

·         APA Meeting, Boston:  Panel on The Fate of the Female Voice in Vergil’s Aeneid: “Juno’s Dissidence and the New Roman Order” (December 1989)

·         UGA Humanities Center: “Audience and the Construction of Character: Homer’s Odyssey” (November 1989)

·         Emory University Psychoanalytic Center: “Men in Feminism: Odysseus Regards Penelope” (October 1989)

·         UGA Women’s Studies: “Men in Feminism: Odysseus Regards Penelope” (October 1989)

·         Tel Aviv University, Poetics and Comparative Literature Department Symposium: “Behind the Poet’s Back: Characters Who Spin” (June 1988)

·         UGA Humanities Center Conference: “Behind the Poet’s Back: Characters Who Spin” (May 1988)

·         CAMWS Meeting, New Orleans: “Two Not Entirely Incompatible Readings of Plato’s Phaedrus Suggested by the Text Itself” (April 1988)

·         UGA Women’s Studies Brown Bag Talks: “Regarding Penelope” (March 1988)

·         UGA Romance Languages Graduate Seminar on Semiotics: “Semiot­ic Approaches to Classics” (March 1988)

·         APA Meeting, New York:  Workshop on Graduate Education: Constraints and Options in our Graduate Curricula: “Beyond Philology:  Training in Theory and Criticism” (December 1987)

·         State University of New York at Buffalo: “The Suitors, Regarding Penelope: Perspectives on Character in Homer’s Odyssey” (Decem­ber 1987); two additional workshops with a feminist and a cognitive science group on my Odyssey work

·         Emory University: Conference on Images of Women in Ancient Greece:  Commentator on Jack Winkler’s “The Authoress of the Odyssey:  Penelope’s Metis and Homer” (November 1987)

·         Amherst College: “Telemachos, Regarding Penelope: Perspectives on Character in the Odyssey” (November 1987).

·         Smith College Work-in-Progress Series, Committee on Women and Social Change: “Regarding Penelope: In Dialogue with Bakhtin” (November 1987)

·         Cornell University: “Regarding Penelope” (September 1987)

·         CAMWS Meeting, Boulder: “Penelope’s Perspective” (April 1987)

·         Smith College Classics Colloquium: “Regarding Penelope: A Perspectival Look at Character in the Odyssey” (February 1987)

·         Smith College General Studies Lecture: “Introduction to the Iliad” (October 1987)

·         Wesleyan University: “Agamemnon’s Penelope” (November 1986)

·         International Colloquium on Recent Trends in Homeric Interpreta­tion, Amsterdam: “Penelope’s Perspective:  Unrealized Plot Possibili­ties” (September 1986)

·         CAMWS Meeting, Tampa: Panel on Pindar’s First Olympian: “The Epinic­ian Speaker in Pindar’s First Olympian: A Model for the Analysis of Character in Ancient Choral Lyric” (April 1986)

·         Boston University: “Penelope‑Plots,” and graduate student seminar: “Semiotics and Classics (March 1986)

·         University of California, Santa Cruz: “Penelope-Plots” (February 1986)

·         University of California, Los Angeles: “Penelope-Plots” (February 1986)

·         University of Southern California: “Penelope‑Plots” (February 1986)

·         University of Kentucky: “Penelope as Seductress, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibilities in the Odyssey” (April 1985)

·         Tel Aviv University, Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics: “Penelope as Seductress, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibilities in the Odyssey” (April 1985)

·         APA Meeting, Toronto: “New Areas for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Training” (December 1984)

·         CAMWS Southern Section Meeting: “Telemachus as Usurper, Penelope as Seductress, the Suitors as Bridegrooms, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibilities in the Odyssey” (November 1984)

·         Emory University: “Telemachus as Usurper, Penelope as Seductress, the Suitors as Bridegrooms, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibili­ties in the Odyssey” (March 1984)

·         Washington University: “The Speaking Subject in Archilochus, Sappho and Yeats” (March 1984)

·         UGA Panel on Character and Genre: “The Speaking Subject” (April 1984)APA Meeting, Cincinnati: “The Epinician Speaker in Pindar’s Odes: Toward a Model for Analyzing Character” (December 1983)

·         Rijksuniversiteit, the Netherlandsm,: “The Epinician Speaker in Pindar’s Odes: Toward a Model for Analyzing Character in Ancient Choral Lyric” (summer 1983)

·         UGA Winter Forum on Narrative Poetics: “Telemach­us as Usurper, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibilities in the Odyssey” (January 1983)

·         Toronto University, Third International Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies: “Character in Pindaric Encomia” (June 1982)

·         University of Texas: “Efficacy of Logoi in Pindaric Myth” (February 1982)

·         Howard University: “Telemachus as Supplanter, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibilities in Homer’s Odyssey” (January 1982)

·         APA Meeting, San Francisco: “Telemachus as Supplanter, and Other Unrealized Plot Possibilities in Homer’s Odyssey” (December 1981)

·         International Conference on The Structure of Reality in Fiction, Ossabaw Island, GA: “Principles of Causality in Pindaric Epinic­ia” (October 1981)

·         Vanderbilt University, Classics and Semiotics Colloquium, Interna­tional Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies: “Hunting and Sexuality in Myth and Epic: Odysseus and Meleager” (June 1981)

·         Duke University: “The Tragic Hunters and Odysseus (February 1981)

·         Toronto University, Second International Institute for Semiot­ic and Structural Studies: “Functions of Embedded Narratives in Ancient Texts” (June 1981)

·         State University of New York at Buffalo, Graduate Semiotic Circle: “Functions of Embedded Narratives in Ancient Texts: The Hymn to Demeter” (June 1980)

·         Semiotic Society of America Meeting: “Embedded Narratives: Some Functions of the Dido Episode in Vergil’s Aeneid” (October 1980)

·         CAMWS Meeting: “Radical Semantic Shifts in Archilochus’ Thumos Poem” (March 1980)

·         APA Meeting, New York: “Pindar's Mythic and Future Prayers:  Isthm. 5” (December 1979)

·         International Association for Semiotic Studies Meeting, Vienna, Austria: “A Typology of Embedded Narratives and Their Functions” (June 1979)

·         Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: Synopsis II:  Narratology, participant (June 1979)

·         APA Meeting, Atlanta: Panel on Personal and Conventional Symbols in Early Greek Poetry and Myth: “Pindar’s Creation of Epinician Symbols: Olympians 6, 7 and 10” (December 1977)

·         UGA Winter Forum on Structuralism: “Structural Analysis of Myth” (February 1977)

·         APA Meeting, New York: Women’s Classical Caucus Panel on Women and Religion: “Proppian Analysis of Women as ‘Heroes’” (December 1974)

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE:

 

·         Member, SCS Committee on Making Friends (2013-present)

·         Whitehead Professor, American School of Classical Studies (2010-2011)

·         Director, “Reacting to the Past, UGA” (2004-2010)

·         Nominee for President, American Philological Association (2010)

·         Member, National Board of Directors, “Reacting to the Past” (2007-2011)

·         Vice-Chair, Executive Committee of University Council (2004-2005), Chair (2005-2006)

·         APA Committee on Minority Scholarships (2006-2008); Chair (2006-2008)

·         Presiding Officer, UGA Faculty Senate (2003-2004); Chair of Steering Committee (2002-2003)

·         Chair, Awards Committee, Women’s Studies (2002-2003)

·         Chair, Special Events Committee, Department of Classics (2002-2003)

·         APA Director (2001-2004)

·         Search Committee, Editor, Georgia Review (2000-2001)

·         Faculty Senate Awards Committee (2000-2001)

·         Faculty Advisor to Eta Sigma Phi (1999-2002)

·         UGA University Council (1996-99; 1988-91)

·         Member, Faculty Benefits Committee (1996-98); Faculty Affairs Committee (1997-99, 1990-92); Committee on Intercollegiate    Athletics (1987-92, Chair, 1991-92)

·         APA Nominating Committee (1994-97, Co-Chair, 1996-97); Subcommittee on Performance (1987‑88, Founder);

·         Committee on Educational Services (1984‑87): Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities (Chair,1983‑85); Committee on Placement (1983‑85)

·         UGA Review Committee for Women’s Studies, (Co-Chair, 1999-2000); for Comparative Literature (1990-91)

·         UGA Tenure Review Committee (1995, 1997, 1999 [chair], 2000 [chair], 2001)

·         UGA Humanities Center Board of Directors (1986‑89 and 1991-94, Chair, 1992-94)

·         UGA Women’s Studies, Co-chair, Brown Bag Speakers (1993-95)

·         Classics Department, Search Committee (Chair, 1993-94, member, 1997-98); Committee on Speakers (Chair, 1993-99); Committee on Space and Facilities (Chair, 1999-)

·         University Center (Chair, 1989-91)

·         Georgia Athletic Association, Board of Directors (1988-90)

·         UGA Women’s Faculty Caucus (Founder and Co-Convener, 1991-95); Women’s Studies, Curriculum Committee (1988)

·         UGA Graduate Council (1987‑89)

·         UGA Faculty Senate Secretary (1982‑83)

·         Women’s Classical Caucus (Steering Committee, 1974‑86; Member, 1974-)

·         American Philological Association

·         American Institute of Archaeology

·         Classical Association of the Middle West and South

·         International Association for Semiotic Studies (1979‑86)

 

PANELS AND CONFERENCES ORGANIZED:

 

·         Organizer of “Reacting to the Past” Conference, March 2005, UGA

·         Organizer of a Round-table on “Reading and Teaching after  9/11”  APA, Philadelphia (January 2002)

·         Organizer (with Egbert Bakker, Jenny Strauss Clay and Jared Klein) of an International Conference on “Deixis in Fiction and Performance” (Delphi, Greece, June 2000)

·         Organizer (with Jared Klein) of CAMWS Panel on Deixis and the Text (April 2000)

·         Organizer of State of the Arts Conference on “Interdisciplinarity and the Classics” in honor of John Peradotto and Arethusa (March 1997)

·         Organizer of Panel on “Classical Philology: The German Connection, American Comparative Literature Association Meeting, Athens, GA (March 1995)

·         Co-Founder of the UGA Humanities Center (1984-86)

·         Organizer of Workshop on “Graduate Education: Constraints and Options in our Graduate Curricula,” APA Meeting, New York (December 1987)

·         Participant in Women’s Studies Program at Smith College on “Women Taking A/Part” (1986‑87)

·         Organizer of Colloquium on Character Theory, UGA (April 1984) (first UGA Humanities Center event)

·         Organizer of Winter Forum on Narrative Poetics, UGA (January 1983); co-founder of Forum (1980)

·         Organizer of Panel on “Semiotics and Classical Philology,” APA Meeting, Philadelphia (December 1982

·         Organizer of Classics and Semiotics Colloquium, Vanderbilt University, at International Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies (June 1981), NEH Funded.  Invited speakers included Classicists and Semioticians.  Team taught month-long Colloquium on Classics & Semiotics

·         Organizer of Panel on “Personal and Conventional Symbols in Early Greek Poetry and Myth,” APA Meeting, Atlanta (December 1977)

 

EDITORIAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

 

·         Editorial Board, Signs and Society (University of Chicago) 2012-

·         Editorial Committee of Reacting to the Past Consortium 

·         Committee on Gildersleeve Prize for American Journal of Philology (1999-2002, chair 2001-02)

·         Subvention Committee, Center for Humanities and Arts, 2001-2003

·         Editorial Board of Georgia Review (1997-2008), Chair, 1999-2004; University of Oklahoma Press (1992- ); Helios, Journal of the Classical Association of the Southwestern United States (1977‑83)

·         Referee for journal articles: American Journal of Philology, Arethusa, Classical Antiquity, Classical Journal, Classical Outlook, Classical Philology, Helios, Phoenix, SIGNS, TAPA, Signs and Socieamong others.

·         Referee for books:  State University of New York at Albany Press, University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Oklahoma Press, Princeton University Press

·         Referee for grants: American Council of Learned Societies (1990), UGA Junior Faculty Research Grants (1989, 1990), Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation. Referee for John J. Winkler Award.

·         Referee for John J. Winkler Award.