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Dr Ismene Lada-Richards

Dr Ismene Lada-Richards

 Reader in Greek Literature & Culture

Undergraduate admissions tutor
E-mail
ismene.lada-richards@kcl.ac.uk  
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1090
Address Department of Classics
E3, North Wing
King's College London
Strand
London WC2R 2LS

 

Biography

After a first degree in the University of Athens, I did my PhD in Cambridge under the supervision of Richard Hunter. I subsequently spent three years as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge. In 1995 I was appointed to a lectureship in Classics at the University of Nottingham, where from I joined King's in 1999.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My research interests range very broadly in the field of Greek and Roman literature and culture and currently include: the performance dimension of Greek drama, with particular focus on the history and practice of acting in antiquity; Graeco-Roman pantomime dancing, with emphasis on its perception in antiquity, its multiple reflections in imperial literature and its post-Renaissance reception (with particular focus on the 18th century); aspects of the interface between élite and popular culture in antiquity, and comparative cultural studies pertaining to theatre and performance history. My publications include Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs (OUP 1999), Silent Eloquence: Lucian and Pantomime Dancing (Duckworth 2007) and numerous articles on aspects of ancient drama and pantomime dancing.

I would be delighted to supervise students working on any of the following:

  • pantomime dancing
  • dance traditions of the ancient world
  • ancient theatrical culture
  • fifth-century drama (especially from the angle of performance)
  • early reception of tragedy in literature and/or art
  • drama and ritual (especially from an anthropological perspective)
  • Dionysus
  • initiation rituals (especially as refelcted in literature)

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2010) 'Dead but not Extinct: On Reinventing Pantomime Dancing in Eighteenth-Century England and France', in The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World Responses to Greek and Roman Dance pp. 19-38
    [Chapter]
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2009)  'Pots and Plays: Interactions between Tragedy and Greek Vase-painting of the Fourth Century B.C.' ARION-A JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES AND THE CLASSICS, 17 (2), pp. 99-166.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2009) '“‘The Players Will Tell All’: The Dramatist, the Actors and the Art of Acting in Sophocles' Philoctetes', in Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition pp. 48-68
    [Chapter]
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2008) '“Was Pantomime ‘Good to Think With’ in the Ancient World', in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime pp. 284-313
    [Chapter]
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2007) Silent Eloquence: Lucian and Pantomime Dancing Duckworth 
    [Authored Book in print]

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.

Teaching
Undergraduate
  • 4AACCSC1 Myths of Greece and Rome
  • 4AACFY15 Entertainment Cultures in Greece and Rome
  • 6AACGT06 Greek Texts VI (Drama): Various Texts     
  • 6AACTL09 Performance Literature in Antiquity    

Postgraduate

  • 7AACM320 Attacking the Theatre In the European Theatrical Tradition (focusing on Graeco-Roman Antiquity, England & France)     
  • 7AACM321 Defending the Theatre in the European Theatrical Tradition (focusing on Graeco-Roman Antiquity, England & France)   

 


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