Dr Erica Bexley

Erica Bexley hails from Australia. She completed a BA (Hons) and an MA at the University of Melbourne, and earned her PhD from Cornell University in 2013. After working briefly at the Australian National University (2013-14) and the University of Cambridge (2014-15), Erica joined Swansea’s Department of History and Classics, where she currently holds the post of Lecturer.

Erica’s research focuses on two main areas: Latin literature of the Neronian period, and Roman drama, including mime and pantomime. She has published on Lucan, Seneca, Plautus, Terence, and the Roman practice of recitation. Her major project at present is a monograph titled Acting in Character: Performance and Identity in Senecan Drama. In addition to her academic pursuits, she enjoys performing ancient plays on stage and in recital.

Besides teaching Greek and Latin language and literature, Erica has supervised undergraduate thesis work, and MPhil/MA dissertations on a variety of topics from Terence to Seneca. She welcomes enquiries from all potential graduate students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Roman Drama
  • Neronian Literature
  • Latin Epic
  • Performance Studies

Publications

  1. Recognition and the Character of Seneca's Medea. The Cambridge Classical Journal, 1-21.
  2. Double Act: Reperforming History in the Octavia. In R. Hunter and A. Uhlig (Ed.), New Approaches to Ancient Reperformance. Cambridge University Press.
  3. Doubtful Certainties: The Politics of Reading in Seneca's Oedipus. In Phillip Mitsis and Ioannis Ziogas (Ed.), Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry. (pp. 355-376). De Gruyter.
  4. (2016). Revenge Served Hot: Seneca's Thyestes. (Omnibus No. 71). : Classical Association.
  5. Ludic Lessons: Roman Comedy on Stage and in Class. Classical Journal 111, 112-125.

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Teaching

  • CL-M09 Dissertation in Ancient History and or Classical Literature

    Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.

  • CL-M28 Latin Texts 1

    This is the second of two master¿s level modules dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism, and interpretation of a relatively complex and sophisticated Latin text in the original. A third of the classes will be devoted to the reading of unseen passages. It is appropriate for students who have studied Latin for three years or more.

  • CL-M58A Postgraduate Further Latin 1

    Consolidation an extension of Latin language skills for students who have successfully completed Intermediate Latin or equivalent. Study of one or more straightforward prose texts in the original language.

  • CLC102 Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology

    Ovid¿s 'Metamorphoses' is one the greatest texts of classical antiquity and a foundation for the history of art and literature in the western world. Ovid was a brilliant, witty, and entertaining story-teller who modernised ancient myth in his 'Metamorphoses' to create a work of dazzling genius. It includes approximately 250 short mythological stories, from the creation of the world to the apotheosis of Julius Caesar. Each story concerns or contains transformation, and Ovid is typically ingenious in varying his treatment of this theme. The stories range all over the spectrum, from tragic to comic, from erotic to grotesque, from extreme violence to idyllic tranquillity, and from the king of the gods to the lowliest peasant: Ovid keeps his readers on their toes with stunning shifts of tone and a constant sense of fun. In this module we explore a wide variety of episodes and analyse Ovid¿s literary techniques and creativity.

  • CLC200 Roman Love Poetry

    Love elegy was a short-lived, vibrant poetic genre that flourished at Rome during the late Republic and early Empire. More personal in its style than the grand narratives of epic, love elegy focuses on steamy extra-marital affairs, seduction techniques, and the social roles of men and women. This module examines, in English translation, selections from Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. Through close reading of these texts, we shall discuss the conventions and development of love elegy as a poetic genre, as well as addressing its themes of gender, sexuality, loss, violence, poetic persona, and urban sophistication. A common trait of Roman love poetry is the provocative stance it adopts towards conventional morality, especially in the wake of the Emperor Augustus¿ marriage reforms. In order to evaluate such political and social engagement, this module will situate love elegy carefully within its historical context, and consider the possible implications of its rebellious worldview.

  • CLC206 Reading Classical Civilisation

    An introduction to some central themes and approaches in the study of Classical Civilisation.

  • CLC300 Roman Love Poetry

    Love elegy was a short-lived, vibrant poetic genre that flourished at Rome during the late Republic and early Empire. More personal in its style than the grand narratives of epic, love elegy focuses on steamy extra-marital affairs, seduction techniques, and the social roles of men and women. This module examines, in English translation, selections from Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. Through close reading of these texts, we shall discuss the conventions and development of love elegy as a poetic genre, as well as addressing its themes of gender, sexuality, loss, violence, poetic persona, and urban sophistication. A common trait of Roman love poetry is the provocative stance it adopts towards conventional morality, especially in the wake of the Emperor Augustus¿ marriage reforms. In order to evaluate such political and social engagement, this module will situate love elegy carefully within its historical context, and consider the possible implications of its rebellious worldview.

  • CLD300 Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words. The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availablilty of supervisors and library material.This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research. There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.

  • CLL125 Further Latin 1 (Level 1)

    Consolidation and extension of Latin language skills for students entering the University with an A level (or equivalent) in Latin. Study of one or more relatively straightforward texts in the original language.

  • CLL225 Further Latin 1 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of Latin language skills for students who have completed Intermediate Latin at Level 1. Study of one or more relatively straightforward texts in the original language.

  • CLL227 Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Further Latin at Level 1. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language. A third of the classes will be devoted to the reading of unseen passages.

  • CLL327 Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Further Latin at Level 2. Study of one or more straightforward relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language.

  • CLL329 Advanced Latin 3

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Advanced Latin 1 and 2 at Level 2. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language.

  • CLP200 Level 2 Project

    This module enables students to expand their knowledge of the Classical and/or ancient Egyptian world in an area of their own choice, and to experiment with a method of communicating that knowledge which is different from the usual assessment practices of essay-writing and exam-writing. They might undertake research that leads to (for example) the construction of a database, the reconstruction of some ancient Greco-Roman or Egyptian artefact, or the production of a storyboard, play script or dramatisation. They might acquire experience of a communication method which could be of use in a future career, e.g. by constructing a teaching plan, writing in a journalistic or creative style, or planning a museum exhibit. They might choose to experiment with a different medium of communication, e.g. video, website. The topic and form of the project chosen must both be approved by the module convener.