Bryant Kirkland

A photo of Bryant Kirkland
E-mail: bkirkland@humnet.ucla.edu Office: Dodd Hall 247M

I joined the Classics Department at UCLA in 2017, following a year’s teaching at Kenyon College. My degrees are from Yale (PhD, 2016), UCL, and Davidson. I have been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Germany as well as a fellowship at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

My research interests lie in Greek literature and have recently centered on the intersections of ancient historiography (especially Herodotus), ancient literary criticism, and ancient reception studies. My current book project, provisionally entitled Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature, examines the diverse reception of Herodotus in specifically non-historiographic texts by Greek writers living under Roman rule. It argues that Imperial Greek writers recognized a set of Herodotean intellectual virtues that informed their own enactments of authorial persona, aesthetic and ethical criticism, irony, and the contingent definitions of Greekness under Rome.

Separately, I have written a book-chapter on historiographic resonances in the fragmentary novelist Antonius Diogenes. I have also authored journal articles on the pseudo-Herodotean Life of Homer and Plutarch’s On the Malice of Herodotus. Intended future projects include a study of narratives of defeat in Greek literature. I am always happy to meet with students interested in working on Imperial literature (including the Greek novel), Herodotus, and ancient literary criticism.

 

Education

  • PhD, Classics, Yale University (2016)
  • MA, with distinction, Classics, University College London (2009)
  • AB, magna cum laude, Classics, Davidson College (2007)

Research

  • Imperial Greek Literature (Second Sophistic)
  • Herodotus
  • Ancient reception studies

Articles

  • “Herodotus and Pseudo-Herodotus in the Vita Herodotea” (TAPA 148.2)
  • “The Character of Tradition in Plutarch’s On the Malice of Herodotus” (forthcoming in the American Journal of Philology)
  • “The ‘Quest for Inquiry’: Herodotean and Historiographic Presences in Antonius Diogenes,” in K. ni Mheallaigh and C. R. Jackson (eds.) The Thulean Zone: New Frontiers in Fiction with Antonius Diogenes, Cambridge (forthcoming)