B.A. U.C. Santa Cruz
Areas of Expertise
- Greek and Latin Philology
- Greek Tragedy
- Presocratic Philosophy
- Anthropology of Ancient Greece
Courses Currently Teaching
|GK111J A||Introductory Greek|
|GK112 A||Intermediate Greek|
|GK131 A||Introduction to Greek Literature|
|GK237 A||Classical Rhetoric|
|LT131 A||Introduction to Latin Literature|
|LT254 A||Petronius, The Satyrica|
|PL161 A||Reading Greek Philosophy|
The Body in Greek Philosophical Discourse
Brecht and Euripides
● James Barrett is the author of Staged Narrative: Poetics and the Messenger in Greek Tragedy (California, 2002).
This study traces the literary ancestry of the tragic messenger, showing that the messenger's narrative constitutes an unexplored site of engagement with Homeric epic, and that the role illuminates fifth-century BCE experimentation with modes of speech. Breaking new ground in the study of Athenian tragedy, this book deepens our understanding of many central texts and of a form of theater that highlights the fragility and limits of human knowledge, a theme explored by its use of the messenger.
● He is also the author numerous articles and book chapters on Greek tragedy, Greek philosophy, and narrative.
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