Jennifer Mary Fox

Research Focus: Slavery and Ancient Novel Studies, Gender Studies Minor.

Background: I graduated with a Classical Studies major, history minor from the University of Arkansas in 2006. My doctoral entrance writing sample was a literary translation and literary analysis of a Cretan-Renaissance Greek Life of St. Prokopios the Great Martyr. I was especially moved by his protection of women captives about to be raped.  After doing coursework in Classics and Novel studies and passing Doctoral exams on the Ancient Novel and Ancient Narrative of the Roman Imperial Period, I finally understood that my heightened concern with affronts to personal freedom might translate into a reading slavery dissertation project.  My dissertation project which I hope to complete and defend this Spring 2014, “Reading Slavery & Agency in the Ancient Novel & Beyond” suggests a new poetics for reading slavery (within and beyond the ancient novel) which can be applied to reading other affronts to personal freedom, including situations of rape.

Undergraduate Institution: BA, University of Arkansas, Classical Studies Major, History Minor.

Grants: (special projects and summer):

Nanovic Institute for European Studies along with the Katie-Murphy-McMahon Endowment for Excellence in Russian & East-Central European Studies awarded a Graduate Initiative Grant (Fall 2010) to sponsor the project entitled “Symposium on Byzantine and Ottoman Civilizations/ Museums of Istanbul”.