W.R. Johnson

John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, Classical Languages and Literatures, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World

Special Interests

Literature and technology; gender and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome; narratology; Greek and Roman colonialist literature.

W. R. Johnson's current research interests include: problems in literature and technology; gender and queer theory with emphasis on Greece and Rome; narratology, Greece and Rome, with emphasis on Genette; Macherey and theories of literary production, distribution and consumption; theories of colonialist literature, emphasis on Greece and Rome; Barthes on aesthetics and rhetoric.

Selected Publications:

  • Horace and the Dialectic of Freedom. Townsend Lecture Series. Cornell Studies in
    Classical Philogy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993.
  • Momentary Monsters: Lucan and His Heroes. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.
  • The Idea of Lyric: Lyric Modes in Ancient and Modern Poetry. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.
  • Darkness Visible: A Study of Vergil's Aeneid. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976.