Bio and Research
Rachel Mazzara specializes in the form and genre of Roman comedy, with a particular focus on performance and spectatorship. Her Ph.D. will be conferred in June 2021 from the University of Toronto, where her dissertation, “Plautinopolis: Imagination and Representation in Roman Comedy,” addressed metagenre and artificiality in Plautus and the ways that Plautine self-referentiality casts his spectators as imaginative collaborators in playwrighting and dramatic production.
Before coming to the University of Toronto, she earned a B.A. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013).
In addition to Roman comedy in performance, Rachel’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.