Prior to coming to King’s in 2016, Justine was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford, researching contemporary African, Caribbean, and ancient Greek poetics. She had previously held postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University in Illinois and at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) at Oxford. She has a BA in Classics from Cambridge, an MPhil in English Literature from Bristol, and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London.
She is author of Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939 (OUP, 2013) and, with Fiona Macintosh, Performing Epic or Telling Tales (OUP, forthcoming 2020). She has also co-edited four volumes: Ancient Slavery and Abolition: From Hobbes to Hollywood (OUP, 2011), The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (OUP, 2015), Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 (Bloomsbury, 2016), and Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century (OUP, 2018).
- Caribbean literature
- Classical Reception studies
- Epic and orality
- Postcolonial theory
Justine’s research focuses on Caribbean and African diaspora literature of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, on ancient Greek literature, and on the interconnections between the two. She is particularly interested in the syncretisation of myth and modes of storytelling and in the way classical literature has often been appropriated as a tool of resistance by writers. She also works on the performance reception of classical epic across a wide range of media, from theatre, to opera, film, and spoken word.
Justine is happy to discuss PhD proposals relating to any of her areas of interest.
For more details, please see Justine's full research profile.
Macintosh, F. & McConnell, J., 20 Feb 2020, Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford. 176 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book
McConnell, J., 21 Jan 2020, Classicisms in the Black Atlantic. Moyer, I., Lecznar, A. & Morse, H. (eds.). Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford, (Classical Presences). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
McConnell, J., 9 Jan 2020, Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage. Andújar, R. & Nikoloutsos, K. P. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 171-183 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
McConnell, J., 7 Apr 2019, In : Classics for All Reading Room. Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review
McConnell, J., 1 Nov 2018, Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century. Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford, p. 404-417 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Macintosh, F. (ed.), McConnell, J. (ed.), Harrison, S. (ed.) & Kenward, C. (ed.), 1 Nov 2018, Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford. Research output: Book/Report - Book
McConnell, J., 26 Apr 2018 Research output: Other contribution
McConnell, J. (ed.) & Hall, E. (ed.), 2 Jun 2016, Bloomsbury. Research output: Book/Report - Book
McConnell, J., 1 Jun 2016, In : Classical Receptions Journal. 8, 2, p. 133-154 20 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/crj/clv002
McConnell, J., 29 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Southern African Studies. 42, 1, p. 171-172 Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2016.1126463