Irene Peirano Garrison

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Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies in Classics
307a Phelps Hall

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.

LOA Spring 2018

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.

Her current book project — Persuasion, Rhetoric and Roman Poetry (under contract, Cambridge University Press) — investigates the boundaries between rhetoric and poetry in the Imperial period. Moving away from the traditional focus on cataloguing “rhetorical” elements in poetic texts, the book explores the construction of poetry and the poetic in texts such as Seneca the Elder’s Controuersiae and Suasoriae and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria and select responses to these narratives in Roman poetry, and investigates the figure of Vergilius orator in Macrobius, Florus, Servius and Tiberius Claudius Donatus. Other research projects include papers on the relation between vita and commentary in the Lives of Virgil, on pseudepigrapha and pseudepigraphic categories and practices in Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian antiquity co-authored with Hindy Najman, and on the tomb of Virgil as an imaginary site for encounters between the poet and his readers.


Latin language and literature

Areas of Research

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

Selected Publications

  • “Newly written buds: Archaic and Classical Pseudepigrapha in Meleager’s Garland”, in Authorship and Greek Song: Questions of Authority, Authenticity and Performance. E. Bakker (ed.). Brill. Forthcoming.
  • 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.