Jennifer Weintritt, ’13

Jennifer is a doctoral student in the Department of Classics. She 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 the adaptation of the Trojan Cycle by writers of Latin epic. Her research suggests that the Epic Cycle and responses to its perceived successes and failures played an important role in the way Vergil, Ovid, and Statius approached adding to the Trojan War myth and creating a place for their work in the literary and mythological canon. Her interests include ancient authorship, epigonality and canonicity, myth-making and historical myth, ancient scholarship, narratology, textual criticism, gender and sexuality studies and digital humanities. At the 2017 SCS, she gave a paper on gender, narratology, and textual criticism in Catullus’ Attis poem, “Textual and Sexual Hybridity: Gender in Catullus 63.” She published a papyrus fragment, a short personal letter, from the Beinecke’s collection in BASP Vol. 53.

Jennifer has taught Intermediate Latin Poetry (Vergil) and Intermediate Greek Prose (Herodotus and Lucian), and an Advanced Latin course on Roman Myth and Pastoral: the Eclogues and Livy Book 1. Jennifer is training in Second Language Acquisition pedagogy with the Center for Language Study at Yale. She recently received a grant from the Digital Humanities Lab to attend a workshop on using Perseids’ Alpheios alignment editor and Arethusa, a tree banking program, in the classroom.