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Dr Emma K ColeBA(Syd.), MA(U.C.Lond.), PhD(U.C.Lond.)

Lecturer in Liberal Arts & Classics

Emma Cole

Dr Emma K ColeBA(Syd.), MA(U.C.Lond.), PhD(U.C.Lond.)

Lecturer in Liberal Arts & Classics

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Research interests

My research focuses upon the reception of Greek and Roman literature (primarily tragedy and epic) in contemporary theatre. I am particularly interested in experimental and avant-garde forms of performance reception. This interest formed the basis of my PhD, on the reception Greco-Roman tragedy in postdramatic theatre, which I completed in the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London in 2015.  I joined the University of Bristol in 2015 as Teaching Fellow in Liberal Arts (Classics and Ancient History), and became Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Classics in 2017.

I am currently writing a monograph titled Postdramatic Tragedies, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. I am also in the early stages of a new research project on the reception of Aristotle's Poetics within the theatre industry. I have previously published the co-edited collection Adapting Translation for the Stage (with Geraldine Brodie, for Routledge's Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies series), alongside articles and chapters on Sarah Kane, Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell. I also write for a number of popular publications including The Theatre Times, The Conversation, and Exeunt Magazine.

Contact Information

Office: Mezzanine (accessed from level 1), 11 Woodland Road


Twitter: @Emma_Cole1

2017-18 Consultation Hours: Thursday, 12-2pm 

Research Supervision

I am currently supervising MPhil dissertations on postcolonial receptions of the classics, and the reception of the classics in video games, alongside a range of undergraduate Classics, Classical Studies and joint English/Classical Studies dissertations. I would be happy to discuss research projects on twentieth and twenty-first century literary and theatrical receptions of tragedy and epic.   


I teach in both Liberal Arts and Classics, across all levels of our programmes. In 2017-18 I am unit director of Studying Written Texts, the Legacy of Classical Literature, Experiencing the Aesthetic, and Aristotle's Poetics and Modern Creative Practice. I am also contributing to The Public Role of the Humanities.

I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in October 2016. 

Further Information

Alongside academia, I work as a dramaturg and academic consultant on new writing and classical adaptation projects, and welcome contact from potential collaborators. 

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Postal address:
Room B42
11 Woodland Road
United Kingdom