Alex Purves

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E-mail: purves@humnet.ucla.edu Phone: 310-825-8873 Office: Dodd Hall 226B

I joined the UCLA faculty in 2002 after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and my BA and MA degrees at the University of Nottingham (UK). My main area of interest is Greek literature from the archaic and classical periods. My book on space and landscape in the early Greek epic and prose tradition, Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative (Cambridge University Press) was published in 2010. My next booklength study, Homer and the Poetics of Gesture (forthcoming Oxford University Press), approaches the Homeric poems through a series of focused readings of particular somatic positions and actions. I am also interested in the ancient senses: I recently co-edited Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses with Shane Butler (Acumen/Routledge, 2013), and I am currently editing Touch and the Ancient Senses for the same series (due in November 2017).

I serve on the editorial board of the Classical Receptions Journal.

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in ancient Greek language, literature, and thought, as well as GE courses on Classical Mythology (CL 30) and The Fantastic Journey: Antiquity and Beyond (CL 60). In 2017, I was the recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, with a special commendation for graduate teaching.

Students interested in pursuing graduate work with me are encouraged to get in touch. You can listen to this interview to learn more about my work, mentoring, and research.

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