Dr Maxine Carinna Elizabeth Lewis

BA (Hons) (Newcastle) , PhD (Sydney)

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Lecturer » Classics & Ancient History

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Research | Current

I am currently writing a monograph on Catullus’ use of geography and place for Oxford
University Press, as well as articles on gender, class and sexuality in Late Republican literature. In my research and teaching generally I am particularly interested in allusion and intertextuality, gender and sexuality, and the application of contemporary literary critical theory to study of the ancient world.

Teaching | Current

I teach Latin, Greek, Classical Studies and Ancient History, specialising in Latin and Classical Studies. I am particularly interested in the representation of gender and sexuality, taught in courses such as Latin 202/302 (Latin Literary Texts 2B/2C) and Classics 216/316 (Special Topic).


Courses I am teaching in 2014:

  • GREEK 100 Introduction to Ancient Greek Language I 
  • LATIN 200 Latin Language Acquisition: Intermediate
  • LATIN 707AB Selected Latin Texts I
  • CLASSICS 130 Love and Death in Greek and Roman Literature (co-lecturer)
  • LATIN 202/302 Latin Literary Texts 2B/2C
  • LATIN 714 Unprepared Translation I

Guest lecturer:

  • ANCHIST 260/360 Roman Revolutions
  • ANCHIST 103 Roman History
  • EDCURSEC 677AB Teaching Classical Studies

Postgraduate supervision

I am available to supervise Honours and Masters students, and to co-supervise PhD students. I especially welcome enquiries about topics related to the following areas:
  • Latin literature
  • Roman history
  • Catullus, Virgil, Ovid
  • Female authors, Greek and Roman
  • Gender and sexuality in Greece and Rome
  • Literary theory
  • Reception of classical texts and myths
I am currently supervising:
  • Inconsistency in Catullus (Hons)
  • Gendering monsters (MA)
and currently co-supervising:
  • Geography and place in Ovid's Metamorphoses (PhD)
  • Leadership in the Thebaid (PhD)
  • Gendered language in Egyptian literature (PhD)

Areas of expertise

Latin literature (especially Late Republican and early Augustan); the use of geography in
literature; the construction of gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman literature and society.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lewis, M. (2014). Queering Catullus in the Classroom: The Ethics of Teaching Poem 63. In N. Rabinowitz, F. McHardy (Eds.) From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom (pp. 248-266). Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/23025
  • Lewis, M. (2013). Narrativising Catullus: a Never-ending Story. Melbourne Historical Journal, 41 (2), 1-19.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22266
  • Lewis, M. (2012). Lewis on Garrison. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012.09.48.
  • Lewis, M. (2009). Audience, Communication and Textuality in Catullus Carmen 67. Antichthon: Journal of Ancient World Studies, 43 (2009), 34-49.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 810-513
Auckland 1010
New Zealand