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Dr Henry Stead

Lecturer

has22@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462621

Room: S12

Research profile

Research Interests

Roman poetry and drama and its reception in the modern world; Classical Reception Studies, especially with regard to social class and communism.

Current Research

My current research project is Brave New Classics. It began life in May 2016 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship hosted by Open University and investigated the unlikely but electric convergence of classics and British communism to 1956. The project has since extended its scope towards the exploration of the relationship between world communism and the classics. The work dovetails with my previous study on working-class engagements with Greek and Roman culture in Britain and Ireland to 1939.

Publications

A Cockney Catullus: The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821
Stead, H., 1 Nov 2015, Oxford University Press (OUP). (Classical Presences)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Classics down the mineshaft: a buried history
Stead, H., 1 Dec 2018, Classics in Extremis: The Edges of Classical Reception. Richardson, E. (ed.). Bloomsbury Academic, (Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kane O’Hara’s Midas: The Irish Origins of Classical Burlesque
Stead, H., 2018, Epic Performances: From the Middle Ages into the Twenty-first Century. Oxford University Press (OUP), p. 461-475
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Only Tone For Terror: Tony Harrison and the Gorgon’s Gaze
Stead, H. A., 2018, New Light on Tony Harrison. Hall, E. (ed.). Oxford University Press (OUP), p. 55-78
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Between the Party and the Ivory Tower: Classics and Communism in 1930s Britain
Hall, E. & Stead, H. A., 2016, Classics and Class: Greek and Latin Classics and Communism at School. Movrin, D. & Olechowska, E. (eds.). p. 3-31
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Swinish Classics; a Conservative Clash with Cockney Culture
Stead, H. A., 18 Jun 2015, Greek and Roman Classics and the British Struggle for Social Reform. Stead, H. & Hall, E. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic, p. 55-78 (Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

 

Seneca’s Oedipus – by hook or by crook
Stead, H. A., Mar 2013, In : Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 40, 1, p. 88-104
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform
Stead, H. (ed.) & Hall, E. (ed.), 1 Jun 2015, Bloomsbury Academic.
Research output: Other contribution

 

Teaching

I contribute to the Latin Sub-Honours module "World of Latin II".  

Academic Career

I was the Research Associate on the major AHRC-funded research project Classics and Class in Britain (1789-1939), concentrating on working-class receptions of ancient Greek and Roman culture, led by Prof. Edith Hall and hosted by King’s College London (Jan 2013-Dec 2015). Our jointly edited volume, Greek and Roman Classics and the British Struggle for Social Reform (Bloomsbury, 2015), is available in all deposit libraries. Additionally, we have a joint authored book forthcoming (Routledge, 2020) entitled A People’s History of Classics

Before working on Classics and Class I was completing my first classical reception project, which grew from my doctoral thesis.

At the Open University and University of Oxford, 2008-11 I held the Michael Comber Studentship for Classical Reception. I explored the reception of Catullus in Romantic-era Britain. The book A Cockney Catullus is now published by Oxford University Press (2015).

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