Denise Eileen McCoskey
Professor, Classics
Affiliate Black World Studies

Claiming Cleopatra:
Race and the Study of Classical Antiquity

Lecture, Texas Tech University, April 23, 2013

Current CV
112 Irvin Hall
Phone: (513) 529-1486
Fax: (513) 529-5012

Office Hours:
Mondays 2:00-4:00 pm;
Wednesdays/Fridays 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Education: B.A. in Classics & Archaeology, Cornell University, 1990; Ph.D. in Classical Studies, Duke University, 1995
Dissertation: Gender Differentiation and Narrative Construction in Propertius
Research Interests: Race and gender in antiquity Augustan ideology Greek tragedy

Courses taught:  Classical Mythology; Travel and Self-Definition in Antiquity; Race & Ethnicity in Antiquity; Greek and Roman Tragedy; Women in Antiquity; Conflict in Greco-Roman Egypt; Jews Among the Greeks and Romans;  Ancient Rome & Modern Europe:  The Roman Past in the Making of Modern Europe (in Luxembourg); Greek and Roman Lyric Poetry; Women, Representation and the State; The Age of Augustus; Lat 101; 102;  201; Vergil; Ovid’s Heroides & the Epistolary Tradition in Latin Elegy;  The Latin Novel/Petronius: Text and Context; Latin Love Poetry; Seneca

Research in progress
:  Race: Antiquity and its Legacy.  

with Mary Jean Corbett, “Virginia Woolf, Richard Jebb, and Sophocles’ Antigone” (forthcoming)

with Emily Zakin, eds. Bound by the City:  Greek Tragedy,  Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY Press, 2009).

“The Loss of Abandonment in Sophocles’
Electra” in Bound by the City:  Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY Press, 2009), 221-245.

“Naming the Fault in Question:   Theorizing Racism among the Greeks and Romans”
International Journal of the Classical Tradition 13 (Fall 2006), 243-67.

“Gender at the Crossroads of Empire: Locating Women in Strabo’s
Geography” in Strabo’s Cultural Geography:  The Making of a Kolossourgia, edd. Daniela Dueck, Hugh Lindsay, and Sarah Pothecary (Cambridge University Press, 2005), 56-72.

 “On Black Athena, Hippocratic Medicine, and Roman Imperial Edicts:  Egyptians and the Problem of Race in Antiquity,” in
Race and Ethnicity—Across Time, Space and Discipline, ed. Rodney D. Coates (Brill Press, 2004), 297-330.

“Diaspora in the Reading of Jewish History, Identity, and Difference”
Diaspora 12.3 (2003), 387-418.   

 “By Any Other Name?  Ethnicity and the Study of Ancient Identity”
Classical Bulletin 79.1 (2003), 93-109.

“Race Before ‘Whiteness’:  Studying Identity in Ptolemaic Egypt”
Critical Sociology 28 (2002), 13-39.

“Murder by Letters:  Interpretation, Identity and the Instability of Text in Norfolk’s
Lemprière’s Dictionary,” Classical and Modern Literature 20/2 (2000), 39-59.

“Reading Cynthia and Sexual Difference in the Poems of Propertius,” Ramus 28 (1999), 16-39.

“Answering the Multicultural Imperative:  A Course on Race and Ethnicity in Classics,”
Classical World 92 (1999), 553-561.

“‘I, whom she detested so bitterly’: Slavery and the Violent Division of Women in Aeschylus’ Oresteia,” in Differential Equations:  Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture, edd. Sheila Murnaghan and Sandra R. Joshel (Routledge 1998), 35-55.
American Philological Association’s 2009 Award for Excellence in College Teaching
John J. Winkler Memorial Prize (1992)