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Jessica WesterholdJessica Westerhold

Senior Lecturer
Department of Classics 
1107 McClung Tower 
The University of Tennessee 
Knoxville, TN 37996-0413

Phone: (865) 974-7705
Fax: (865) 974-7173

Research Interests

Augustan poetry, Greek tragedy, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, ancient emotions

  • Ph.D., Classics, University of Toronto. Dissertation: Tragic Desire: Phaedra and Her Heirs in Ovid
    (Advisor: A. Keith)
  • M.A., Classics, University of Kansas. Thesis: Silence and power: The Metamorphosis of Rape Myths in Ovid (Advisor: P. Gordon)
  • B.A., Classics, Smith College
  • 2013-present — Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2011-2013 — Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Skidmore College
  • 2006-2011 — Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
  • 2004-2005 — Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics, University of Kansas


  • “Tereus’ tears: the performance and performativity of crying in Met. 6.412-674.” in Augustan Poetry. New trends and evaluations. UFOP Press/Humanitas Press. forthcoming.
  • “Byblis’s ‘Feminine Latinity’ in Ovid’s Metamorphoses 9.450-665.” Helios 45.1: 37-67.
  • "Ovid's Epic Forest: A Note on Amores 3.1.1-6." CQ 63.2: 899-903.
  • "Hecuba on the epic stage: Ovid's Met. 13.399-575." Mouseion 11.3: 1-21.

Book Reviews

  • Book Review: Fulkerson, L. A Literary Commentary on the Elegies of the Appendix Tibulliana (OUP 2017). Forthcoming, Phoenix.
  • Book Review: Lateiner, Gold, Perkins, edd. Roman Literature, Gender and Reception. Domina Illustris. CR 64.2: 1-3.

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

  • “Prophecy, Memory and Ovid’s Legacy in Jane Alison’s The Love-Artist.” CAMWS SS 2018
  • “Simulating Sadness: Ovid’s Affective Strategies from Exile.” CAMWS, 2018.
  • “A destructive text(ile): translating pain in TD ii.8.20 from Soph. Trach. 1046-1102.” SCS 2017.
  • “Hostilis locus: Poetic Places and Political Proxemics in Ovid’s ex Ponto 3.1.” CAMWS SS, 2016.
  • “Altera Medea: Euripides, Sophocles and intertextual doppelgängers in Ovid’s erotodidactic poems.” CAC, 2016.
  • "The Ovidian Medea." Transylvania University (KY), October 2015.
  • "Tereus' tears: the performance and performativity of crying in Met. 6.412-674." Augustan Poetry Conference, São Paulo, Brazil, July 2015.
  • "The Velian Medea: Cicero's citation of Ennius' Medea in Fam. 7.6." CAMWS, 2015.
  • "A scripta puella writes herself: Byblis' epistolary strategies in Ovid, Met. 9.450-665." KU, 2014.
  • "Byblis' 'Feminine Latinity' in Ovid's Metamorphoses 9.439-665." CAC, 2013.
  • "Queer Exchanges: Iphis and Ianthe in Ovid's Metamorphoses." LCC Panel, APA 2012.
  • "Undesirable Desire: Sexual Subjects in Propertius 3.19." CAMWS, 2011.
  • "Phaedra's Claim: Desire and Persuasion in Heroides 4." CAMWS SS, 2010.
  • "Hecuba and the performance of lament on the epic stage: Ovid's Met. 13.399-575." CAC, 2009.
  • "Vultus Componere Famae Taedet: Sulpicia's self-definition." CAMWS, 2008.
  • "The dual 'Other' in the myth of Philomela and Tereus." CAMWS, 2006.

Works in Progress

  • “Queer Exchanges: Iphis and Ianthe in Ovid’s Metamorphoses” (article)
  • Tragic Passions: the Poetics of Love and Rage in Ovid (monograph)
  • Gender & Sexuality of Greece and Rome
  • Latin: all undergraduate levels  
  • Greek: beginning and intermediate
  • Greek and Roman society and literature (seminars and lecture courses in translation)
  • Ancient Greek and Roman mythology (lecture courses in translation)
  • Introduction to Gender Studies; Feminist Theories and Methodologies

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