Serena S Witzke

of Classics

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Serena receivedher Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014.  She is teaching classes such as Ancient Comedy and Performance and Classics in Film and looks forward to teaching a course on the Classical Tradition in Victorian England in the spring.  Her research focuses on ancient New Comedy, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and Oscar Wilde.  She is working on a monograph entitled, Reconsidering the Recognition Comedy: Menander, Plautus, Terence, and Oscar Wilde, using Wilde’s meditations on identity and self-development to reconsider negative behavior and character growth in ancient New Comedy.  Recent and forthcoming publications include “Violence against Women in Ancient Rome: Ideology versus Reality” in The Topography of Violence in the Greco-Roman World, “Gendered Patterns of Recognition in Menander’ Sikyonioi” in EuGeStA, and “Gender and Sexuality in Plautus,” forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to Plautus.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Classical Tradition/Reception, New Comedy, sex and gender in antiquity


  • PhD 2014, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA 2007, McMaster University
  • BA 2004, McMaster University

Office Hours

  • M/W 1:00-2:00pm