Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 09/01/2001-
Professor of Classics, University of Southern California, 09/01/1987-09/01/2001
Associate Professor of Classics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 07/01/1984-07/01/1987
Assistant/Associate Professor of Classics, Yale University, 07/01/1975-07/01/1984
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
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.
Greek Drama and Epic Poetry
Thalmann, W. G.
Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism. New York, New York: Oxford University Press.
Norton Antohlogy of World Literature. New York: Western Literature.
The Swineherd and the Bow: Representations of Class in the Odyssey, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.
The Odyssey: An Epic of Return, Twayne Masterworks Series, Boston, 1992. Boston, Massachussetts: Twayne.
Conventions of Form and Thought in Early Greek Epic Poetry, Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Dramatic Art in Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1978. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press.
Thalmann, W. G.
Some Ancient Greek Representations of Slaves. Reading Ancient Slavery pp. 72-96. London: Duckworth.
Female Slaves in the Odyssey. New York, New York: Routledge.
Despotic Authority, Fear and the Ideology of Slavery.
In Anastasia Serghidou (Ed.), pp. 193-205. Lille. peur de l'esclave, peur de l'esclavage en mediterranee ancienne.
Editor for Ancient World, Norton Anthology of World Literature, 1998-2007
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Department of Comparative Literature
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
University of Southern California
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