Kyle Conrau-Lewis, ’14

Kyle Conrau-Lewis is a doctoral candidate in Yale’s Classical Philology Program. His interests lie at the intersection of historiography, rhetoric and the history of the book. He is interested particularly in compilatory writers (Valerius Maximus, Frontinus, Polyaenus and Aelian) and how their miscellaneous works were meant to be read, and particularly how these compilers play with broader intellectual trends in information organisation, declamation and cartography. This has also naturally taken him into manuscript studies, the history of indexes and different paratextual technologies of reading. 

Kyle has a forthcoming article in Mnemosyne on how writing and commentary are figured as an erotic activity in antiquity. He also has two forthcoming chapters on indexes to Valerius Maximus and how this author was indexed specifically for preachers. He is also writing an encyclopedia entry on indexes more broadly and working on the publication of a papyrus edition. 

More broadly he is fascinated by textual mediation, reception, new philologies, digital humanities, mark-up languages and critical bibliography. As a next research project, he is investigating Bohemian receptions of the classics. He is looking at an Austrian preacher writing in Prague, Conrad von Waldhausen, and his bizarre typological readings of Valerius Maximus (comparing Hannibal with Christ, Tiberius Gracchus with the Virgin Mary). This sits at a new research interest in medieval booklet culture and classical reception. 

He also likes to collect library cards.