|CL148||Myth in the City: Greek Tragedy||A|
|CL245||Festival, Competition, and Performance in Ancient Greece||A|
|GK131||Introduction to Greek Literature||A|
|LT131||Introduction to Latin Literature||A|
Ph.D., Cornell University
B.A., U.C. Santa Cruz
Areas of Expertise
Ancient Greek Cultural History
Early Greek Philosophy
Antisthenes and Tragedy
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.