cultural history, especially religion and society in 17th and 18th century Europe (Pietism; esotericism; Quakerism; Judaism and Anti-Judaism); women’s history; cultural and linguistic rights; human rights; secret organizations and their methods of information transfer
Anna Zofia Gąsienica Byrcyn is a literary translator and a lecturer. She is interested in modern & ancient languages, literature, translation, art, photography, film, myths in literary texts, folklore, language acquisition & pedagogy, the Tatra Mountains in Polish literature, art, and music.
• Literary theory (ancient and modern), esp. theory of poetic language
• Greek and Latin poetry
• Greek-German comparative studies
• Politics and poetics of cultural identity
• Classical reception studies and the classical tradition
• History of sexualities, queer and gender studieshttp://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/Dr-S-Matzner/
I hold a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and I study theatrical and liturgical performance in early modern France. Research and teaching themes include theater and drama, age of Louis XIV, Catholic Counter-Reformation, devotional literature, life writing, court culture, material and visual culture, ritual and performance theory, archival research methods.
Vice Provost for Academic Operations; Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; Professor of English.
French and Québécois Literature and Film, Literary and Cultural Theory, Gender and Queer Studies.
Greek and Roman Drama and Theater; Aeschylus; Euripides and the Trojan War; Vergil; The Classical Tradition in Literature and the Arts; German Classicism (Goethe, Schiller, Kleist); Philosophy and Literature
Looking to investigate the underlying mythology of religious dogma in both the East and the West, determining how it has fed, and continues to feed, into literary exegesis, the ties between Eastern and Western traditions that foment literary and cultural acts of rebellion, and seeking to expand the conversation on these acts by examining the role of faith in literature and its effects on social, political, and cultural sensibilities.
I teach and study the entire Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, but I specialize in Early Medieval Literature with a focus in Early Medieval England, medieval manuscripts, and a little Late Antiquity for good measure. My areas of interest for teaching and research purposes include (but often wander outside of): Early English codicology; Old English language and literature; memory studies; LA/medieval cultural geography, cosmography, and travel narratives; LA, medieval, and Early Modern ethnography and exploration; early Latin saint’s lives; Latin texts in English translation; monsters and teratology; Chaucerian dream poems; Renaissance poetry; and Ancient to modern drama. My current research interests include the textual and codicological history of the Beowulf-Manuscript (London, BL Cotton Vitellius A.xv, part 2), the earliest Latin St. Christopher legend, and the OE and Latin versions of Orosius’ History against the Pagans.