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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 28, 2014
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Dr. Judith Fletcher

Dr. Judith Fletcher

Professor (Department of History)
Greek and Roman history

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3979   |  lab ext.3979
Fax: 519-883-0991
Office Location: 5-101 (DAWB)

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
Education: B.A. (Western), M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Bryn Mawr)


Research interests: My research interests focus on ancient Greek poetry, drama, religion and law.  My current SSHRC funded project is an exploration of the intersections of law and theater in fifth century Athens.  I was awarded the Gildersleeve Award for the best article in the 2008 volume of the American Journal of Philology for my work on the trickster god Hermes.  I also write and teach about the construction of gender in Ancient Greek myth and cult, women in the ancient world, and the Classical Tradition, especially myths of the Underworld in postmodern film and fiction.  I am committed to educating the general public about ancient Greek culture, and have spoken to audiences at the Stratford Festival, Opera Atelier, libraries, high schools and other public venues.


Performing Oaths in Classical Greek Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

The Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece.  Jointly authored with Alan Sommerstein, Andrew Bayliss and Isabelle Torrance (forthcoming de Gruyter Press, 2012)

Virginity Revisited:  Configurations of the Unpossessed Body.  Co-edited with Bonnie MacLachlan, (University of Toronto Press, 2007)

Horkos:  The Oath in Greek Society.  Co-edited with Alan Sommerstein, (University of Exeter Press 2007)

Chapters in books

"Weapons of Friendship:  Props in Sophocles Philoctetes and Ajax," in Opsis: Ancient Greek and Roman Stagecraft, ed. V. Liapos and G.M. Harrison (Brill, forthcoming)

Religion in Euripides, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Euripides, ed. R. Mitchell-Boyask (under contract)

Looking at Law in Euripides' Hecuba, in Greek Drama IV, edd. D. Rosenbloom and J. Davidson (forthcoming, Oxbow)

Antigone and the Public Voice, in Interrogating Antigone, ed. S. Wilmer (Oxford University Press)

Weaving Women's Songs in Euripides' Ion.  in In The Play of Text and Fragments, R. Coulter (ed.) (University of Toronto Press)

Aeschylus' Virgin Choruses in Virginity Revisited:  Configurations of the Unpossessed Body.  J. Fletcher and MacLachlan (edd.) (University of Toronto Press, 2007)

Horkos in the Oresteia. in Horkos:  The Oath in Greek Society. A. H. Sommerstein and J. Fletcher, (edd.) (University of Exeter Press, 2007)

Perjury and the Perversion of Language in Euripides' Cyclops. in Tragedy at Play: Satyr Drama C. M. Harrison (ed.) (Duckworth Press, 2005)

Refereed Articles

Citing the Law in Sophocles Antigone. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 41: 66-87 (2008)

Eurykleia, Silence, and Women's Spaces in the Odyssey. Phoenix 63: 27-41 (2008)

The Trickster's Oath in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes.  American Journal of Philology 129: 23-46 (2008)

Signifiying Circe in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. Classical World. 99: 405-418 (2006)

"Women and Oaths in Euripides" Theatre Journal, (Special Issue on Ancient Theater) v.55.1 ,2003, 29-44

"Lost in the Underworld: John Barth Reads the Odyssey" Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly v.23.1 ,2002, 65-76

Panta aristeuon cheroin: Deeds of the Hands in Sophocles’ Trachiniae” Mouseion v.1.1, 2001 (formerly EMC/CV), 1-15

“Sacrificial Bodies and the Body of the Text in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.” Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature, v. 28.2 , 1999, 108-125

"An Odyssey Rewoven: A.S. Byatt's Angels and Insects." Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly v. 19.3, 1999,217-231

"Exchanging Glances: Vision and Representation in Aeschylus' Agamemnon." Helios, v. 26.1,1999,11-34

"Choral Voice and Narrative in the First Stasimon of Aeschylus' Agamemnon." Phoenix, v. 53.1-2, 1999,29-49


Encyclopedia entry "Virginity" in Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife: Elizabeth Locke and Theresa A. Vaughan, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Catalogue essays

"Reading Bonnie Lewis" in catalogue essay for Bonnie Lewis exhibition Growing Up Girl, Langdon Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, April 2008

"The Search for the Black Madonna" essay for Marion Drysdale exhibition catalogue, MacIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, October 2003

External Research Funding

2008-2001 SSHRC Standard Research Grant $37,327.00 The Tragic Decree: Law and Theater in Classical Athens

2004-2007 SSHRC Standard Research Grant $39,000.00 Oaths and Perjury in Classical Greek Poetry and Drama

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