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Dr Laura JansenMPhil(Oxon.), PhD(Dub.)

Senior Lecturer in Classics & Comparative Literature

Laura Jansen

Dr Laura JansenMPhil(Oxon.), PhD(Dub.)

Senior Lecturer in Classics & Comparative Literature

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Research interests

Laura Jansen works on classical languages, literature and culture, with a particular focus on the fields of Global Classics, comparative classicisms, and the tradition of classical antiquity in twentieth-century writing. She is the author of Borges Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman World (Cambridge, 2018), volume editor of The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers (Cambridge, 2014 and paperback edition 2017) and  sole editor of the monograph series Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing (Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Literary Studies blog). Her next monograph for OUP's Classical Presences series is entitled Classical Absences: Antiquity and its Dissemination in Calvino, Eco and  Manguel. 

Before coming to Bristol in 2013, she worked at the Universities of St Andrews, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. In 2015-16, she was recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for her project on "Borges' Classics" (Leverhulme Research Fellows), Visiting Fellow at Princeton and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard.

In her spare time, she writes poetry that alludes to Presocratic thinking about the four elements and the universe. Her ongoing collection of poems is called "21".

Editorial and other activities:

Laura is associate editor of the forthcoming Diccionario hispánico de la tradición clásica (DHTCed. Francisco García Jurado), member of Princeton's Postclassicisms network, and contributor to Yale's Encounters with Classical Antiquity in Latin America group. At Bristol, she organises (with Richard Cole) the IGRCT's Postgraduate Reading Groups on Twentieth-Century global authors (Borges 2014; Calvino 2017; Walcott 2018; Anne Carson 2019). She is also External Examiner for the Department of Classics at the University of Reading (2018-21) and Peer Review College member for Classics for the DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership).

Research Supervision

Laura is happy to supervise projects on Classical literature and in connection with her areas of research, in particular those relating to Classics and:

  • Comparative Modernisms
  • Twentieth-Century writing
  • Global Literatures
  • Geopoetics and the senses
  • Paratextuality

She currently is Director of Postgraduate Studies and of the MPhil programme. In that capacity, she runs a postgraduate training course on Research Trends and Skills, Greek & Latin Postgraduate Reading Groups, and Postgraduate Reading Groups on twentieth-century authors (Borges 2014; Calvino 2017; Walcott 2018; Anne Carson 2019) sponsored by the IGRCT.

Undergraduate Teaching

Laura's undergraduate teaching includes a range of courses on Greek and Latin language and literature, culture and philosophy, as well as courses closely related to her research on Classics and Comparative Literature and Global Classics. In the academic year 2018-19, she is directing the following units:

Greek B1: Euripides, Medea

Latin C1: Lucretius, De rerum natura

Latin D2: Ovid, Metamorphoses 

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