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Victoria Pedrick

Title

Associate Professor

Department

Department of Classics
General profile

Phone

+1 202-687-7478

Alt. phone

202-687-7478

Bio

Professor Pedrick primarily teaches courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, with a particular interest in Archaic and Classical Greek literature and culture. She also teaches an introduction to Classical myth. In all her courses, she encourages students to focus on the audience and cultural contexts for ancient texts, including when appropriate modern engagement. She has published essays on Homer, Greek Tragedy, and Latin Lyric as well as two volumes on tragedy, one a collection of essays and the other a study of Euripides and Freud. This book studies the construction of identity within the context of originary or primal trauma as it is articulated in Euripides’ Ion and Freud’s case history of the Wolfman.

She is currently writing a book on Greek myths about human violations against nature, including the cardinal cultural act of sailing, the deliberate desecration of sacred trees, and the wholly unnatural act of flying.

Education

  • Ph. D. (1980) University of Cincinnati, Classics
  • B. A. (1975) Emory University, Classics