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Dr Laura JansenMPhil(Oxon), PhD(Dub)


Research interests

Research Interests

I work on classical language, literature and culture and the tradition of classical antiquity in twentieth-century writing. My main publications include The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers (Cambridge, 2014 and reprinted in 2017) and a monograph on Borges' Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman Past, which is forthcoming this year in Classics After Antiquity series (Cambridge). Following my work on Borges and antiquity, my next book explores the engagement with the classics in postmodern fiction and criticism of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) and the Italian tradition (Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco and others). It draws particular attention to the unique ways in which these interrelated traditions project their classical visions from the perspective of intimacy and distance to the classical object, cultural memory and forgetfulness of antiquity, as well as the place and placelessness of the classical canon. This new project emerges at the intersection of Classics, the Classical Tradition, and Comparative Literature.

In my spare time, I write poetry that alludes to Presocratic thinking about the four elements and the universe. My ongoing collection of poems is called "21".

I have degrees from Oxford (MPhil 2004) and Trinity College, Dublin (PhD 2009). Before coming to Bristol in 2013, I worked at St Andrews, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. In 2015-16, I was recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for my project on "Borges' Classics", Visiting Fellow at Princeton and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard.

 Editorial and other activities:

I am editor of a monograph series on Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing (Bloomsbury), and main contributor to the Diccionario hispánico de la tradición clásica (ed. Francisco García Jurado). I am also a member of the steering committee for Bristol’ s Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition and a member of Princeton's Postclassicisms Network ( 

Contact Information

34 Tyndall's Park Road, Room 1.02


I teach a wide range of courses on classical language and literature, culture and philosophy, as well as courses closely related to my research. In 2017-18, I will be teaching Greek A1 and 2, a new course on Classics and Comparative Literature, as well as an MPhil training course on Research Trends and Skills. I also run Greek & Latin Postgraduate Reading Groups and IGRCT Postgraduate Reading Groups on twentieth-century authors (Borges, 2014; Calvino 2017; Derek Walcott 2018).

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise students on the follwing areas:

  • Transcultural approaches to Latin literature
  • Latin literature, geopoetics and the senses
  • Latin literature and its paratexts
  • Latin literature and the performative aspects of reading
  • Classics and Comparative Literature
  • Classics and Twentieth-Century writing
  • Global Classics

Currently, I co-supervise a PhD on Ovid and modern digital art and an MPhil thesis on liminality in classical literature.





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Postal address:
11 Woodland Road
United Kingdom