Evelyn Richardson

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature and in the College
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Ph.D., Comparative Literature at The University of Chicago, 2022
Teaching at UChicago since 2022
Cohort Year: 2015

Evelyn Richardson received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2022. His research interests are nineteenth-century Arabic literature, the history of the Middle East in this period, the reception of ancient Greek literature in Arabic across all periods, and the history of ideas about ancient pasts in both Arabic and European languages. He has published work on Sulayman al-Bustani’s translation of the Iliad into Arabic, and has articles in progress on the first printed work of ancient history in Arabic and on the Arabic reception of Racine’s mythological plays. His current book project, based on his doctoral dissertation, is provisionally titled At the Limits of the Universal: Arabic Historical Thought in the Nineteenth Century.

Research interests: Arabic literature, classical reception studies, the philosophy of history, translation.

Teaching Experience: Grimm’s Fairy Tales and the Construction of Childhood, CA, Spring 2018; Philosophical Perspectives, Writing Intern, Fall 2017; Classics Teaching Fellowship, Marlboro College, VT, 2012–2013

Education BA Classics and Arabic, University of Oxford, 2012; MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, 2014; MSt Classics, University of Oxford, 2015; Ph.D in Comparative Literature 2022