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Antonia Marie Schrader

Antonia Marie Schrader

Department: Faculty of Classics

Supervisor: Professor Simon Goldhill

College: Murray Edwards College

AHRC Subject Area: Classics

Title of Thesis: [provisional] Shifting identities in ancient Greek drama


Biography:

Antonia is studying for a PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge. She completed a Cambridge MPhil in Classics in 2015, after having obtained a triple-major State Examination Degree in ancient Greek language/literature, mathematics and English language/literature from the University of Freiburg, Germany in 2014.

Antonia's research interests are centred around the question of how socio-hierarchical identity, difference and inequality are treated in the works of ancient Greek literature, particularly in fifth-century Athenian drama. Approaching these issues from the vantage points of gender and ancient slavery, her MPhil thesis focussed on the portrayal of women’s transition into slavery in Euripides’ tragedies. She analysed these dramatic scenes of enslavement as studies of a hierarchical downwards transition displaced into the female other and as explorations of the intertwinement of agency and hierarchy at stake in the process.

Antonia's PhD dissertation both widens the focus of inquiry by addressing fifth-century tragedy, comedy as well as the satyr play and approaches the issue of social hierarchy from a different angle: focusing on characters’ shifting stage identites, her doctoral research explores the question of how such intra-dramatic identity changes, visible in a great variety of character disguises, recognitions, mistaken or (un)masked identities, conceptualize the relationship between socio-hierarchical being and performance. Is socio-hierarchical identity, in its portrayal in fifth-century Athenian drama, a matter of essential being or a personal trait that is open to re-creation, elevation and/or degradation in a character's on-stage performance and performative interaction with other characters?

Antonia would be delighted to be contacted about any kind of collaborative research.

 

Academic interests

-     Archaic and Classical Greek literature, culture and society

-     Social and gender construction in ancient Greek literature, public spectacle and dramatic performance

-     Fifth-century Athenian society and civic ideology

-     Ancient slavery and its literary treatments

-     Questions of agency in ancient writing

-     Meta-theatre and theatricality

-     Concepts of self and other

-     Performance theory

-     Metamorphosis and disguise