Irene Peirano Garrison

Associate Professor

Irene Peirano Garrison studied at Oriel College, Oxford (B.A. Hons. Literae Humaniores 2002) and Harvard University (Ph.D. Classical Philology 2007). Her main research interests are Latin poetry, Literary Criticism and Rhetorical Theory in Antiquity, Reception Theory and Gender.

She works on Roman poetry and its relation to rhetoric and literary criticism, both ancient and modern. She is especially interested in ancient strategies of literary reception, in notions of authorship in antiquity and in ancient editorial and scholarly practices. Her first book — The Rhetoric of the Roman Fake: Latin Pseudepigrapha in context (Cambridge University Press, 2012) — sets authorial and chronological fictions in the context of the practices of impersonation and role-play in the literary culture of the Imperial period, and explores these works as part of the early reception history of canonical authors such as Virgil, Tibullus and Ovid.

She is currently working on a book-long study which investigates the boundaries between rhetoric and poetry in the Imperial period and probes the role of the notion of “rhetorical influence” in constructing the history of Latin literature. Other research projects include papers on the ancient practice of biographical allegory from the Peripatetics to Servius, on the poetics of authorship in Hellenistic epigram and on the cultural history of textual criticism.

Selected Publications

  • Ille ego qui quondam: on authorial (an)onymity”, in The Author’s Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity. A. Marmodoro and J. Hill (eds.). 251–85. Oxford University Press. In press.
  • Sphragis: Paratextual autobiographies”, in Paratextuality and the Reader in Roman Literature and Culture. L. Jansen (ed.). Cambridge University Press. In press.
  • NON SUBRIPIENDI CAUSA SED PALAM MUTUANDI: Intertextuality and literary deviancy between law, rhetoric and literature in Roman Imperial culture”, in Intertextuality and its Discontents. Y. Baraz and C. van den Berg (eds.). American Journal of Philology 134 (2013), 83–100.
  • “Authenticity as an aesthetic concept: ancient and modern reflections” in Penn–Leiden Colloquium on ancient values (VI), Aesthetic value in Classical Antiquity. R. Rosen and I. Sluiter (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 2012. 215–42.
  • “Barbarized Greeks and Hellenized Romans: reading the end of Dionysius of Halicarnassus Antiquitates Romanae”, JRS 100 (2010), 1–21.
  • Mutati Artus: Scylla, Philomela and the end of Silenus’ song in Virgil Eclogue 6”, CQ 59 (2009), 187–95.

featured Courses This Year

Virgil's Aeneid

Latin 421/721

Virgil’s Aeneid

Fall 2014 M/W 9–10:15

An in-depth study of Vergil’s Aeneid with special emphasis on the last four books which will be read in the original. Topics for discussion include: style and poetic technique, story-telling, intertextuality and Virgil’s relation to his poetic models, characterization, and the Aeneid in its Augustan context.

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Field Latin language and literature

Areas of Research Latin poetry, Literary Criticism and Rhetorical Theory in Antiquity, Reception Theory and Gender Studies

Current Courses FALL: Latin 421/721 Vergil’s Aeneid; RLST 246a/ 646a/CLCV 436a/CLSS 636a Theories of Authorship and Canon (with Prof. Hindy Najman). SPRING: Latin 414/714 Roman Civil Wars; CLSS 874/CPLT 540 Rhetoric and Poetry

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Phone (203) 432-8536

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