Dr Maxine Carinna Elizabeth Lewis

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

Research | Current

  • 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

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

CLASSICS 130 Love and Death in Greek and Roman Literature

LATIN 200 Latin Language Acquisition: Intermediate

LATIN 202 Latin Literary Texts 2B/2C

LATIN 302 Latin Literary Texts 2B/2C

LATIN 707AB Selected Latin Texts I

LATIN 714AB Unprepared Translation I

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).

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. (2016). Uzzi ( J.D.), Thomson ( J.) The Poems of Catullus. An Annotated Translation. Pp. viii + 224. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Cased, £39.99, US$69.99. ISBN: 978-1-107-02855-5. The Classical Review, 66 (2), 596-597. 10.1017/S0009840X16000974
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30980
  • Lewis, M. (2016). Catullus’ Intertextual Crossroads: Where Theocritus’ Idyll 15 Meets Poems 64 and 36. American Journal of Philology, 137 (2), 321-357. 10.1353/ajp.2016.0015
  • 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. Related URL.
    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). Review: Daniel H. Garrison, The Student's Catullus. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 9 (48). Related URL.
  • Lewis, M. (2009). Audience, Communication and Textuality in Catullus Carmen 67. Antichthon: Journal of Ancient World Studies, 43 (2009), 34-49. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
New Zealand

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