My research focuses on confluences between philosophy and literature in the field of classics and beyond. In my first book, Tragic Pathos, and several early articles, I have reexamined the mysterious nature of the emotional responses to tragedies, as described by ancient Greek philosophers (Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle) and as expressed within the plays themselves (Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides). Currently, I am developing several projects: an examination of false death in tragedies, a book about ancient philosophers on stage, and a collaborative project on Aristotle’s Poetics in light of the philosopher’s broader interests (biology, political theory, and ethics).
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy (especially Aristotle)
Reception of classics in Eastern-European literature and in opera
PhD – University of Cincinnati, November 2004
MA—Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania.