Chiara Graf


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Bio and Research

I study Roman literature and culture, focusing on the philosophical, literary, and scientific works of Seneca the Younger. My research is informed by a strong interest in contemporary schools of thought, including affect theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis. My dissertation, entitled Wisdom and Other Feelings: Affect, Knowledge, and the Senecan Subject, treated the entanglements of knowledge and emotion in Seneca’s works. I argue that Seneca does not formulate affect primarily as an obstacle to or distraction from rational knowledge; rather, he traces a number of paths to enlightenment through the emotions.

I received my BA from the University of Chicago in 2013, and my Ph.D from the University of Toronto in 2020. In the 2020-2021 academic year, I will be a postdoctoral fellow in the Classics department.

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Research Interests

Seneca, ancient science, critical theory