Beth Harper

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Beth holds a BA in Classics and an MPhil in European Literature from St. John’s College, Cambridge. She is currently a sixth-year PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Renaissance Studies at Yale University. She began the Ph.D. after spending a year as a lectrice d’anglais in the English department of the École normale supérieure in Lyon. At Yale, her principal research interests revolve around Classical and Renaissance poetry. Her dissertation, under the supervision of Professor David Quint, explores the figure of the child in European tragedy from Euripides to Racine. It demonstrates how the frequently doomed children of tragedy give peculiar expression to the central tragic paradigm of human finitude, thereby complicating and undercutting notions that would frame the child as vessel of hopeful futurity. It includes chapters on Euripides and Seneca, Shakespeare, Racine, and neo-Latin and French religious tragedy. During her time at Yale, Beth has taught for courses on Milton, Shakespeare, Literary Theory, Classical Myth, Early World Literature and Introduction to Narrative. She also studies Mandarin Chinese and was a recipient of a Richard U. Light fellowship for intensive language study in Taiwan. Last year, Beth was writing up her dissertation as a pensionnaire étrangère at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

Dissertation Title

“The Lost Children of Tragedy from Euripides to Racine”

Research Interests

Classical and Renaissance poetry and drama, particularly epic and tragedy.

Education History

BA, Classics; MPhil European Literature, University of Cambridge, St. John’s College