Education

Submitted by Sarah E. Olsen on Thursday, 5/4/2017, at 10:42 AM

BA, Wellesley College

MA, University of California-Berkeley

PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Research Interests

Submitted by Sarah E. Olsen on Thursday, 5/4/2017, at 10:44 AM

I work on Greek literature – from Homer to Heliodorus. I'm currently writing a book on solo dance as a cultural practice and literary motif in ancient Greece, arguing that the individual dancer is persistently conceived as an unruly, disruptive, but also creative actor. I'm interested in how different forms of literature (epic, drama, and both historical and philosophical prose) respond to and engage with dance as an embodied, ephemeral, and non-verbal art. I've also written articles on the ancient novel, choral spectatorship in Greek thought, genre and lyric poetry, and Greek vase painting.  

Publications

Submitted by Sarah E. Olsen on Thursday, 5/4/2017, at 10:46 AM

forthcoming. “Pindar, Paian 6: Genre as Embodied Cultural Knowledge.” (contribution to The Genres of Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models, eds. L. Kurke, M. Foster, and N. Weiss, Leiden: Brill)

2017.“Kinesthetic Choreia: Empathy, Memory, and Dance in Ancient Greece.” Classical Philology 112: 1-22.

2017. "The Fantastic Phaeacians: Dance and Disruption in the Odyssey." Classical Antiquity 36: 1-32.

2015. “Conceptualizing Choreia on the François Vase: Theseus and the Athenian Youths.” Mètis: Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens. N.S. 13: 107-121.

2012. “Maculate Conception: Sexual Ideology and Creative Authority in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica.American Journal of Philology 133: 301-322.

Articles available at: https://amherst.academia.edu/SarahOlsen