Michelle Zerba

Michelle Zerba

Maggie B. Martin Professor
Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley

223-E Allen Hall


Michelle Zerba is the Maggie B. Martin Professor of Classical Studies and Rhetoric. She holds positions in the Departments of English and Foreign Languages (Classics) and teaches regularly in the Comparative Literature Program and the Ogden Honors College. Her interests center on the influence of Greek and Roman civilization on early modern English literature, the history of rhetoric, and twentieth-century modernism. In addition to being the author of Tragedy and Theory (Princeton) and Doubt and Skepticism in Antiquity and the Renaissance (Cambridge), she is co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Aristotle's Poetics. Her current book manuscript is entitled Modern Odysseys: Reading Homer with C.P. Cavafy, Virginia Woolf, and Aimé Césaire. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (held at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens) and the Partnership University Fund of the French government (in collaboration with LSU and the University of the Antilles, Martinique). Her honors include the Distinguished Research Master award and the Erich and Lea Sternberg Professorship in the Honors College. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the LSU Center for Collaborative Knowledge, and she has directed numerous study abroad programs in Greece and the Aegean.

Area(s) of Interest

Comparative literature, early modern literature, rhetoric, classics and classical reception, political theory

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