William ThalmannProfessor of Classics and Comparative Literature
Phone: (213) 821-5303
Office: THH 256G
Professor Thalmann's special interests are Greek epic and drama. In particular, using anthropological and other theories, he studies the ways in which performances of ancient texts were the occasion for the convergence of class and gender discourses and the role of these texts within contemporary social and political processes, especially at times of great social change. He is currently writing a book on geography and the production of space in the Argonautika of Apollonius of Rhodes, treating the poem as an imaginative projection of questions about cultural identity that the Greeks faced in the wake of Alexander’s conquests.
In the Classics Department, he teaches graduate courses on Greek literature of various periods and genres and on ancient slavery, as well as undergraduate language courses and General Education courses on Greek literature and culture. In Comparative Literature, he teaches courses on epic poetry, Dante’s Dvine Comedy, and Los Angeles crime fiction. He is also editor for the ancient world of the Norton Anthology of World Literature.