Rachel Mazzara


Contact Information

Email: r.mazzara@mail.utoronto.ca

Bio and Research

Rachel Mazzara specializes in the form and genre of Roman comedy, with a particular focus on performance and spectatorship. Her dissertation, “Plautinopolis: Imagination and Representation in Roman Comedy,” addresses metagenre and artificiality in Plautus and the ways that Plautine self-referentiality casts his spectators as imaginative collaborators in playwrighting and dramatic production. In addition to Roman comedy and performance, Rachelā€™s research interests include the broader New Comic tradition and its ancient reception; the construction of imaginary worlds in literary texts; Roman ethnography; and the theory and practice of translation. Beyond her academic pursuits, Rachel has served as the Vice President (2016-17) and Social [Distancing] Chair (2019-20) of the Graduate Classics Course Union. Before coming to the University of Toronto, she earned a B.A. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013).

Research Interests

Greek and Latin New Comedy, Latin poetry, social history