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four photographs by Jon Keenan of a production of Electra


PVCRS was founded by Lorna Hardwick in 2007, in response to the growing awareness that Classical Reception research has to recognise the full range of processes that shape the impact of classical material in new contexts.

The current editor is Jessica Hughes (Classical Studies, The Open University). 

Carol Gillespie was Editorial Assistant from 2007-2011.

Trish Cashen was technical and creative advisor from 2012-2017.


International Advisory Board

We are grateful to the International Advisory Board for its role in developing new ventures.

Freddy Decreus is a philologist, specializing in the reception of classical Antiquity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He works at the University of Gent, where he is responsible for courses in Latin Literature, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature and Theatre History. His publications have addressed classical tragedy and the modern stage, mythology and modern painting, postmodernism and the rewriting of the classics, and feminism and the classics.

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He is the author of Janáček’s Tragic Operas, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, Wagner and Aeschylus, and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation. He has also published a complete set of accurate and actable translations of Aeschylus and Sophocles in four volumes, with theatrical commentaries based on his own productions. More recently he has published two volumes of comedies by Aristophanes, also in his own new translations with theatrical commentaries. He is currently working on a new book whose working title is Drama, Music and Performance in Opera. In recognition of his achievements, Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Stephen Harrison Stephen Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of  Latin Literature in the University of Oxford. He is author of many publications on Vergil, Horace and the Roman novel, and (in the field of classical reception) author of a number of articles and editor of Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English (OUP, 2009), Fictional Traces: Receptinos of the Ancient Novels [2 vols.] (Groningen, 2011) [jointly with M. Futre Pinheiro], Expurgating the Classics: Editing Out in Latin and Greek (Bloomsbury, 2012) [jointly with Christopher Stray], Classics in the Modern World: A 'Democratic Turn'? [jointly with Lorna Hardwick] (OUP, 2013), and Louis MacNeice: The Classical Radio Plays [jointly with Amanda Wrigley] (OUP 2013).

Lorna Hardwick is Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies and Director of the Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth Century Drama and Poetry in English project. Lorna’s publications in the field of classical reception include Translating Words, Translating Cultures (2000) and New Surveys in the Classics; Reception Studies (2003) as well as a number of articles on drama and poetry. She has a particular interest in the impact of various kinds of translation and adaptation on modern perceptions of Greece and Rome and in the reworking of classical material in post-colonial contexts. She is, with Professor Jim Porter (University of Michigan) the Series Editor for the new series Oxford Studies in Classical Receptions: Classical Presences and is co-editor, with Dr Chris Stray (Swansea) of the Blackwell Companion to Classical Receptions (2008) and, with Carol Gillespie, of Classics in Post-colonial Worlds. She is editor of the Oxford Classical Receptions Journal (CRJ) which was launched in 2009.

Ruth Hazel studied English Literature at the University of Southampton followed by a Master's Degree in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham. She taught courses in literature and drama for many years to undergraduate and mature students, and then moved into Classical Studies in 1993 when she became Research Assistant to the Research Project on Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry in English. This led to an interest in the relationship between modern British Theatre and ancient Greek drama, and to the study of Greek. She completed her doctoral thesis on 'The mediation in late-twentieth century English theatre of some Texts and Images from Greek tragedy concerned with women and power' in December 1998. Ruth has been active as actor, designer and director in amateur theatre and now pursues her enthusiasm for practical theatre through teaching, viewing and reviewing plays.

Fiona Macintosh is Professor of Classical Reception and Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and Director of the Archive of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD). She joined the APGRD as Senior Research Fellow in 2000 from the Department of English, Goldsmiths' College, University of London . In October 2008 she became Reader in Greek and Roman Drama. Her publications include Dying Acts: Death in Ancient Greek and Modern Irish Tragic Drama (Cork 1994; New York 1995), Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre, 1660-1914 (Oxford University Press 2005, co-authored with Edith Hall), and Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus (Cambridge University Press 2009).

Deborah Roberts obtained her PhD from Yale. She teaches Classics and Comparative Literature at Haverford College ; she has written on Greek tragedy, on Aristotle's Poetics, and on closure in ancient literature, and is currently at work on two projects: a study of the translation into English of obscenity in Greek and Latin Literature and (with Sheila Murnaghan) a study of childhood and the reception of the Classics.

Nehad Selaiha is currently Professor of Drama and Criticism at the Arts Criticism Postgraduate Studies Institute at The Academy of Arts, and was Dean of that Institute until February 2004. She is a leading theatre critic/writer/translator in Cairo and the author of many books on theatre and criticism in both Arabic and English. She is especially known for her work in supporting experimental artists and amateur, young and independent theatre groups and was honored by the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 1996 for her valuable contribution in this field. Since 1989, she has been the resident drama critic of the national English-language newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly. Her book Theatre from Text to Performance was nominated best book of the year in the field of theatre criticism by The Cairo International Book Fair in 1999. Other successful Arabic books include: Shakespearean Perspectives; Theatre and Freedom; Spotlights on The English Theatre and Thought and Art in Theatre. She has been honoured by many Arab festivals where she acted as head of jury a number of times and was awarded the Egyptian State Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2003.

Christopher Stray has been Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, since 1989, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London since 2009. His publications include Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England 1850 –1960 (1998); (ed. with L. Hardwick) A Companion to Classical Receptions (2008); and Sophocles’ Jebb: A Life in Letters (2013). He is currently working on chapters on Classics and on teaching and examinations for a history of Trinity College, Cambridge, and on collaborative volumes on Liddell and Scott, E.R.Dodds, and classical commentaries.

We are also grateful to Pat Easterling and Greg Woolf who were advisory board members between 2007 and 2012.

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This page's image banner includes four photographs by Jonathan Keenan of a production of Electra, adapted from Sophocles and directed by Jo Combes, Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, 2005. Reproduced with the kind permission of Jonathan Keenan.