Professor and Director, JHI
PhD (University of Michigan)
Contact Information (Jackman Humanities Institute)
Phone: (416) 978-6085
Room: JHI 1026
Bio and Research
Alison Keith received her BA in Honours Classics from the University of Alberta and completed her MA and PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. She has written extensively about the intersection of gender and genre in Latin literature, and is the author of The Play of Fictions: Studies in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 2 (Ann Arbor 1992), Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic (Cambridge 2000), Propertius, Poet of Love and Leisure (Duckworth 2008), and a commentary on selections from Latin Epic for Bolchazy-Carducci (2012); the editor of Latin Elegy and Hellenistic Epigram (Cambridge Scholars Press 2011) and a special issue of Mouseion [11.3 (2014)], In memoriam John William Geyssen; and the co-editor (with Stephen Rupp) of Metamorphosis: the Changing Face of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Toronto 2007); (with Jonathan Edmondson) of Roman Dress and the Fabric of Roman Society (Toronto 2008) and of Roman Literary Cultures (Toronto 2016); and (with Jacqueline Fabre-Serris) of Women and War in Antiquity (John’s Hopkins 2015).
Current projects include a book on Vergil for I.B. Tauris in the series Understanding Classics, a commentary on the fourth book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for Cambridge University Press, and a SSHRC-funded project on the reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Flavian epic.
She has taught at the University of Toronto since 1988 as successively Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Classics, and holds cross-appointments in the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Comparative Literature as well as the Women and Gender Studies Institute. In the past she has served as Editor ofPhoenix, Journal of the Classical Association of Canada (2002-07), President of the Classical Association of Canada (2010-2012), and Chair of the Department of Classics (2007-2013; Acting 2016-2017). She is currently Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto, and Co-Editor (with Jonathan Edmondson) of the Phoenix Supplementary Series (2008- ) and General Editor (with Ingrid Holmberg) of the subseries Phoenix Studies in Gender (2001- ).
Specialization: Latin Literature
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