Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
B.A. Classical Studies, Dickinson College
M.A. Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Classical Studies University of Michigan
Greek Tragedy and Comedy, Performance and Reception
Professor Given specializes in Athenian tragedy and comedy, especially Euripides and Aristophanes. He is interested in how contemporary intellectual, philosophical and ideological debates shape identity performance in the plays. He studies these questions in the context of fifth-century B.C. theatre as well as in modern performance. He believes that the theatre is a laboratory in which plays can be dissected and examined, and so has performed and directed numerous plays himself.
He is also interested in translation theory and practice. He has taught a special seminar on the translation of classical literature and has a forthcoming translation of the fifth-century A.D. historian Priskos of Panium, one of our main sources for Attila and the Huns.
"My mantra in teaching is that the self-reflective student is the best student. It is vitally important to learning that a student at any level understand not only what he or she learns, but also how and why he or she learns. To this end, I direct students to examine their own methodology for studying, and to interrogate the course of their own education. In the realm of language learning in particular, I have been strongly influenced by my training at the University of Michigan, where methodological techniques have been developed to enable students to read non-spoken languages with great facility. Students, while studying the Greek or Latin language, learn a great deal about the structure of language itself and about their own linguistic habits.
Directing (and other off-stage work)
Levi Altstaedter, Laura
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