Jennifer Weintritt, ’13

Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 2012, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on desire in Augustine’s Confessions.

Jennifer is writing her dissertation on reception of the Greek Epic Cycle in Latin epic through the lens of literary adaptation and continuation. Her research finds that Vergil, Ovid, and Statius shaped their additions to the Trojan War myth in Latin epic by the perceived successes and failures of the Cyclical poets’ extension of theIliad and the Odyssey. A portion of her work on the Aeneidwill be presented at the Vergilian’s Society’s Panel “What’s in a Name?” this January at the SCS.

Beyond her dissertation, her interests include ancient scholarship, translation, gender studies, digital humanities and second and non-spoken language acquisition pedagogy. Her 2017 SCS paper on gender norms and textual criticism in Catullus’ Attis poem won the LCC’s and WCC’s graduate student paper awards. She has also published a papyrus fragment, a short personal letter, from the Beinecke’s collection in BASP Vol. 53. She is an active participant in Archaia and went on the summer study tour to Iceland and Greenland this summer. Her capstone project for the interdisciplinary research qualification looks at the rhetoric of translation in Lucretius’ De Rerum Naturaand the prologue to the Greek translation of Ben Sirah.

Jennifer studies Second Language Acquisition pedagogy with the Center for Language Study at Yale. She recently received a Digital Education Innovation grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning to incorporate Arethusa, a program for sentence diagramming, into intermediate Latin prose. She is teaching the pilot course this semester. Her past teaching experience includes Intermediate Latin Poetry (Vergil), Intermediate Greek Prose (Herodotus and Lucian), and an Advanced Latin course on Roman Myth and Pastoral.