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  • Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • joanna.paul

Professional biography

I am a Lecturer in Classical Studies, and I joined the Open University in September 2011. After an undergraduate degree in Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Birmingham, I studied for my MA and PhD at the University of Bristol, where I developed my research interests in classical reception studies. I joined the OU from the University of Liverpool, where I was a Lecturer in Classical Studies (2006-2009), and then the J.P. Postgate Early Career Fellow in Classics (2009-2011).

Research interests

My research is concerned with the many different ways in which the modern world receives, engages with, and uses the classical past. I am particularly interested in cinematic receptions of antiquity, and have published articles on films such as Fellini-Satyricon, Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Agora, and the 1954 Ulisse. My monograph on Film and the Classical Epic Tradition was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

I am also fascinated by the many other ways in which people might access the classical world, both today and in recent history, whether through historical novels, tourism and museum visits, educational contexts, or any number of other popular engagements with antiquity. I have collaborated with Dr Shelley Hales (University of Bristol) on a project that explores receptions of Pompeii; our co-edited volume, Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today, was published by Oxford University Press, and I am working on a monograph on Pompeian receptions for I.B. Tauris’ New Directions in Classics series. I am also developing my interests in pedagogy and children's literature with some research into the Cambridge Latin Course and its role in the democratisation of classical education; a forthcoming article explores the role of antiquity in some of E. Nesbit's novels for children.

In September 2015, I am organising a colloquium on the topic of Antiquity and Photography.

Selected publications

Film and the Classical Epic Tradition. Oxford 2013: Oxford University Press (Classical Presences series).

Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today (co-edited with Shelley Hales). Oxford 2011: Oxford University Press (Classical Presences series).

‘Pompeii, the Holocaust, and World War Two’ in S. Hales and J. Paul (eds.), Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today. Oxford 2011: Oxford University Press (Classical Presences series).

‘Cinematic Receptions of Antiquity: The Current State of Play’, Classical Receptions Journal 2:1 (2010), 136-155.

‘Oliver Stone’s Alexander and the Cinematic Epic Tradition’ in F. Greenland and P. Cartledge (eds.), Responses to Oliver Stone’s Alexander: Film, History and Culture Studies  (Madison 2009: University of Wisconsin Press) 15-35.

Fellini-Satyricon: Petronius and Film’ in J. Prag and I. Repath (eds.), Petronius: A Handbook (Oxford 2009: WileyBlackwell) 198-217.

‘‘I fear it's potentially like Pompeii’: Disaster, Mass Media and the Ancient City’ in K. Shahabudin and D. Lowe (eds.), Re-Presenting Antiquity in Mass Cultural Media (Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2009: Cambridge Scholars Press) 91-108.

‘Working with Film: Theories and Methodologies’ in L.P. Hardwick and C. Stray (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Classical Receptions (Malden, MA and Oxford 2008: Blackwell) 303-314.

‘Translating Homer for the Cinema’ in A. Lianeri and V. Zajko (eds.), Translation & The Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture (Oxford 2008: Oxford University Press) 148-165.

‘Rome Ruined and Fragmented: The Cinematic City in Fellini-Satyricon and Roma’, in R. Wrigley (ed.), Cinematic Rome (Leicester 2008: Troubadour) 109-120.

Teaching interests

I am experienced in teaching a wide variety of subjects, including classical reception topics, Latin literature, visual culture, and Roman history. I am currently chairing our new Latin language and literature module, which will have its first presentation in October 2015, and have also written units for our new modules on the Roman Empire, and our MA foundation module.

I am a member of the Classical Reception Studies Network, and have served as leader of the CRSN Teaching strand, which aims to promote debate over the teaching of classical reception studies, and to find ways of supporting those engaged in this practice.

Publications

Cinematic receptions of antiquity: the current state of play (2010)
Paul, Joanna
Classical Receptions Journal, 2(1) (pp. 136-155)
Film and the Classical Epic Tradition (2013-02-28)
Paul, Joanna
Classical Presences
ISBN : 9780199542925 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
‘‘Time is only a mode of thought, you know’: Ancient History, Empire, and Imagination in E. Nesbit’s Stories for Children’ (2015-09)
Paul, Joanna
In: Maurice, Lisa ed. The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature: Eagles and Heroes. Metaforms (6) (pp. 30-55)
ISBN : 9789004298590 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden
Madonna and whore: the many faces of Penelope in Camerini’s Ulysses (2013-11-28)
Paul, Joanna
In: Nikoloutsos, Konstantinos P. ed. Ancient Greek Women in Film (pp. 139-162)
ISBN : 9780199678921 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
The Democratic Turn in (and through) pedagogy: a case study of the Cambridge Latin Course (2013-10-31)
Paul, Joanna
In: Hardwick, Lorna and Harrison, Stephen eds. Classics in the Modern World: A 'Democratic Turn'? (pp. 143-156)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967392-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Subverting sex and love in Alejandro Amenabar's 'Agora' (2013-01)
Paul, Joanna
In: Cyrino, Monica ed. Screening Sex and Love in the Ancient World (p 227)
ISBN : 9781137299598 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Pompeii, the Holocaust, and World War Two (2011-11-17)
Paul, Joanna
In: Hales, Shelley and Paul, Joanna eds. Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today. Classical Presences
ISBN : 978-0-19-956936-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
'I fear it's potentially like Pompeii’: disaster, mass media and the ancient city (2009-01)
Paul, Joanna
In: Lowe, Dunstan and Shahabudin, Kim eds. Classics for All: Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture (pp. 91-108)
ISBN : 9781443801201 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Oliver Stone’s Alexander and the cinematic epic tradition (2009)
Paul, Joanna
In: Cartledge, Paul and Greenland, Fiona Rose eds. Responses to Oliver Stone’s Alexander: Film, History and Culture Studies (pp. 15-35)
ISBN : 9780299232849 | Publisher : University of Wisconsin Press | Published : Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Fellini-Satyricon: Petronius and Film (2009)
Paul, Joanna
In: Prag, Jonathan R. W. and Repath, Ian D. eds. Petronius: A Handbook (pp. 198-217)
ISBN : 9781405156875 | Publisher : Wiley - Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK
Rome ruined and fragmented: the cinematic city in Fellini-Satyricon and Roma (2008-09-01)
Paul, Joanna
In: Wrigley, Richard ed. Cinematic Rome (pp. 109-120)
ISBN : 9781906510282 | Publisher : Troubadour Publishing Ltd | Published : Leicester, UK
Homer and Cinema: Translation and Adaptation in Le Mépris (2008-08-21)
Paul, Jo
In: Lianeri, Alekandra and Zajko, Vanda eds. Translation & The Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture. Classical Presences (pp. 148-165)
ISBN : 9780199288076 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Working with film: theories and methodologies (2007-12)
Paul, Joanna
In: Hardwick, Lorna and Stray, Christopher eds. A Companion to Classical Receptions (pp. 303-314)
ISBN : 9781405151672 | Publisher : Wiley - Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK
Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today (2011-11)
Hales, Shelley and Paul, Joanna eds.
Classical Presences
ISBN : 978-0-19-956936-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford