Kyle Gervais

gervaisAssistant Professor of Classics and Graduate Chair

BSc (Queen’s), MA (Queen’s), PhD (Otago)

Lawson Hall, Room 3226
Email: kgervai2@uwo.ca

Areas of Interest

Latin epic and lyric (literary interpretation and textual criticism), violence in the ancient world (cognitive and social psychological approaches), Classical reception in popular media, digital humanities (especially the Tesserae project).

Teaching 2016-2017

  • LA2000: Advanced Latin MWF (11:30-12:30pm)
  • Latin 9903B: Claudian's De Raptu Proserpinae F (1:30-4:30pm)

Current Projects

Books

  • Claudian, Wedding Songs [Epithalamium and Fescennines for Honorius and Maria; Epithalamium for Palladius and Celerina]: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary.
  • John of Garland, Integumenta Ovidii: Edited and Translated. TEAMS Secular Commentary Series.
  • Seneca, Hercules Furens: A Student Commentary. Co-author with N. W. Bernstein. Dickinson College Commentary Series.

 Articles and Chapters

  • “Senecan heroes and tyrants in Statius, Thebaid 2”, in A. Marinis and S. Papaioannou (eds), Elements of Tragedy in Flavian Epic.
  • “‘Our names’ll live forever’: Generic heroism in Brett Ratner’s Hercules(2014) and Steve Moore’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars (2008)”. 


Books

  • 2017. Statius, Thebaid 2: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Oxford).
  • 2015. Brill’s Companion to Statius(Leiden). Co-editor with W. J. Dominik and C. E. Newlands. 


Articles and Chapters

  • forthcoming. “Dominoque legere superstes? Epic and empire at the end of the Thebaid”, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 111.
  • 2017. “Odi(tque moras): Abridging Allusions to Virgil, Aeneid12 in Statius, Thebaid 12”, American Journal of Philology 138.2.
  • 2015a. “Comparative rates of text reuse in classical Latin hexameter poetry”, Digital Humanities Quarterly9.3 Co-author with N. W. Bernstein and Wei Lin.
  • 2015b. “Notes on Statius, Thebaid2”, Classical Quarterly 65, 411–15.
  • 2015c. “Parent-child conflict in the Thebaid”, in Brill’s Companion to Statius, 221–39.
  • 2015d. “Reading Statius”, in Brill’s Companion to Statius, 3–27. Co-author with C. E. Newlands and W. J. Dominik.
  • 2015e. “Tydeus the hero? Intertextual confusion in Statius, Thebaid2”, Phoenix 69, 56–78.
  • 2015f. Contribution to The Vates Anthology of New Latin Poetry(ed. M. Walker), pp. 42–50. Art by Garett Schoffro.
  • 2014. “‘This is my Sparta!’ 300(1998), 300 (2007), and Three (2013–14)”, The Amphora Issue, Melbourne Historical Journal 42.2, 3–19.
  • 2013a. “Statius, Thebaid2.473: iam Telamona solo, iam stratum Ixiona linquens”, Mnemosyne 66, 312–13.
  • 2013b. “Viewing violence in Statius’ Thebaidand the films of Quentin Tarantino”, in H. Lovatt and C. Vout (eds), Epic Visions: Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception (Cambridge), 139–67.
  • 2012. “Neu desint epulis rosae: Re-evaluating the addressee and intertexts of Horace, Odes I, 36”, Latomus 71 (2012), 47–62.


Selected Presentations

  • “No cock-up: A serious reading of a marginal medieval pseudo-Ovidian metamorphosis” (2017 Midwest Classical Literature Consortium annual meeting, Ohio University, April 2017).
  • “Ending epic quickly: ‘Abridging allusions’ in Statius’ Thebaid” (University of Toronto, March 2016 and 2016 CAC annual conference, Laval University, May 2016).
  • “Make America great again! Roman renewal in the presidency of Donald J. Trump (and other speculative fiction)” (keynote address at 10th McMaster University Undergraduate Classics Conference, March 2016).
  • Es quod es: Monstrous heroism and Oedipal consumption in Statius, Thebaid 2” (26th Brock University Archaeological Society Scholarly Symposium, March 2015 and 2015 CAC annual conference, University of Toronto, May 2015).
  • “Writing and reading violence in Statius’ Thebaid” (Queen’s University, November 2014).
  • Hexametric intertextuality: A digital approach” (Victoria University of Wellington, May 2014 and 35th ASCS conference, Massey University, January 2014).
  • “Arena, epic, internet: Viewing violence like a Roman (or, ‘I wouldn’t shoot a man in Reno, but I might watch him die’)” (34th ASCS conference, MacQuarie University, January 2013).