Classical Studies and Comparative Literature
2160 Angell Hall
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor,  MI  48109-1003
734/936-6102 (office)  734/763-4959 (fax)


Ph.D.     Department of Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley. Greek, Latin, and German (1986)
           Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen. Classics and Germanistik (1980-81)

M.A.     Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley (1979)

B.A.      Swarthmore College. Honors majors: History and Greek; minor: English  (1977)


1982-1985: Teaching Asssistant and Acting Instructor, Departments of Comparative Literature and Classics, University of California, Berkeley

1986-1992: Assistant Professor of Greek, Latin, and Comparative Literature, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1992-present: Associate Professor of Greek, Latin, and Comparative Literature, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1996: Visiting Associate Professor in Classics, Stanford University (Spring Term)

Academic Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (Tübingen)                   1980-81                        

NEH Fellowship for University Teachers                    1988-89

NEH Texts and Translation Grant
for collaborative text, translation, and commentary
(project: “The Aesthetic Writings of Philodemus”)           1992

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship          1995-96

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellowship (F.U. Berlin)          1997-98


The Material Sublime: Towards a Reconstruction of Critical Discourse and Aesthetics in  Classical Antiquity (University of California, Berkeley, 1986). Director: T. G. Rosenmeyer.  Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities from 1986-88.


The Invention of Dionysus: An Essay on The Birth of Tragedy  (Stanford University Press, 2000)

Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future (Stanford University Press, 2000 [in press])

The Material Sublime: Aesthetic Inquiry in Classical Antiquity (under contract with UC Press, Hellenistic Culture and Society series; in progress)

Philodemus, On Poems 5 (Clarendon Press), ed. David Armstrong and James I. Porter.  Critical edition and translation, with facing text, notes, and introductory materials (in progress)

The Seductions of Metaphysics: Nietzsche’s Final Philosophy (in progress)

On Longinus  (in progress)

Writing the Void: Notions of Emptiness in Classical Literature (in progress)

Foundational Essays of Modernity: Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Barthes (study on modernism and the essay form; planned)


Constructions of the Classical Body, ed. James I. Porter.  In The Body, In Theory series, University of Michigan Press (1999)

Classical Pasts: The Classical Traditions of Greco-Roman Antiquity, ed. James I. Porter (in progress)

Lacan and the Classics, ed. Mark Buchan and James I. Porter (in progress)

Karl Marx and Classical Antiquity, ed. Mark Buchan and James I. Porter (planned)

Friedrich Nietzsche on the Classics (planned)

Book Series

Co-editor, with Dalia Judovitz (Emory University), The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism, a book-series with The University of Michigan Press. 1990-


 “Reading Representation in Franz Grillparzer’s Der arme Spielmann,” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift  55 (1981) 93-132.

—rpt. with corrections, in Franz Grillparzer’s Der arme Spielmann: New Critical Directions, ed. Clifford Albrecht Bernd (Camden House, 1988) 133-63.

—rpt., 2000. The Gale Group. Web-based collection on Grillparzer.

 “Aristotle on Specular Regimes: The Theater of Philosophical Discourse,” Pacific Coast Philology  v. 21, nos. 1-2  (November 1986) 20-24.

“Saussure and Derrida on the Figure of the Voice,” Modern Language Notes,  French Centennial Issue, v. 101, no. 4 (September 1986) 871-894.

“Philo’s Confusion of Tongues: Some Methodological Observations,” Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, N.S. 24, no. 3 (1986) 55-74.

 “Resisting Aesthetics: Christa Wolf and Aeschylus,” in Responses to Christa Wolf: Critical Essays,  ed. Marilyn Fries (Wayne State Press, 1989) 378-94.

“Philodemus on Material Difference,” Cronache Ercolanesi  19 (1989) 149-78.

 “Patterns of Perception in Aeschylus,” in The Cabinet of the Muses: Essays on Classical and Comparative Literature in Honor of Thomas G. Rosenmeyer, ed. Mark Griffith and Donald J. Mastronarde (Scholars Press 1990) 31-56.

 “Hermeneutic Lines and Circles: Aristarchus and Crates on Homeric Exegesis,” Homer's Ancient Readers: The Greek Epic’s Earliest Exegetes, ed. Robert Lamberton and John J. Keaney (Princeton 1992) 67-114.

“Nietzsche’s Atoms,” in Nietzsche und die antike Philosophie, ed. Daniel W. Conway and Rudolf Rehn (Bochumer Altertumswissenschafliches Colloquium, v. 11; Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 1992) 47-90.

 “Helen and the Rape of Narrative: The Politics of Dissuasion,” in Dialectic and Narrative, ed. Thomas R. Flynn and Dalia Judovitz  (SUNY Press, 1993) 22-42.

“The Seductions of Gorgias,” Classical Antiquity 12:2 (1993) 267-99.

 “Nietzsche’s Rhetoric: Theory and Strategy,” Philosophy and Rhetoric, special issue on Nietzsche and Rhetoric, ed. Daniel Conway 27:3 (Fall 1994) 218-44.

“Stoic Morals and Poetics in Philodemus,” Cronache Ercolanesi 24 (1994) 63-88.

 “Content and Form in Philodemus: The History of an Evasion,” Philodemus and Poetry: Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus and Horace, ed. Dirk Obbink (Oxford, 1995) 97-147.

Hoi Kritikoi: A Reassessment,” Greek Literary Theory after Aristotle: A Collection of Papers in Honour of D. M.  Schenkeveld, ed. J.G.J. Abbenes, S.R. Slings, I. Sluiter (Amsterdam, 1995) 83-109.

“The Invention of Dionysus and Platonic Midwifery: Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 33:3 (1995) 467-97.

 “In Search of an Epicurean Aesthetics,” in Epicureismo Greco e Romano, ed. G. Giannantoni (Naples 1996) v. 2, pp. 613-30.

“The Philosophy of Aristo of Chios,” in The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and its Legacy, ed. R. Bracht Branham and M.-O. Goulet-Cazé (UC Press, 1996) pp. 156-89.

 “Aristotle on Specular Regimes: The Theater of Philosophical Discourse,” in Sites of Vision: The Discursive Construction of Sight in the History of Philosophy, ed. David Levin (MIT Press, 1997) pp. 93-115.

Preface to The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability, ed. David Miller and Sharon L. Snyder (The Body, in Theory series, UM Press, 1997).

“Unconscious Agency in Nietzsche,”Nietzsche-Studien 17 (1998) 153-95.

“Nietzsche et les charmes de la métaphysique: ‘La logique du sentiment.’” Revue germanique internationale.  1999. 11 (special issue: “Nietzsche moraliste”): 157-72.

“Introduction,”Constructions of the Classical Body , ed. J. I. Porter (UM Press, 1999) 1-14.

Literaturtheorie, griechische,” in Der neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike, ed. Hubert Cancik und Helmuth Schneider (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 1999),  7:342-49.

“ Des sons qu’on ne peut entendre: Cicéron, les “kritiko€” et la tradition du sublime dans la critique littéraire,” in La Polémique entre écoles philosophiques à Rome au Ier s. av. n. è.: Cicéron et Philodème de Gadara, ed. Clara Auvray-Assayas and Daniel Delattre (Paris) (in press; 2000)

 “Ideals and Ruins: Pausanias, Longinus, and the Second Sophistic,” in Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece, ed. S. E. Alcock and J. Elsner, Oxford University Press (in press; 2000)

 “Nietzsche and the Reinvention of Antiquity.”  Pre-print of ch. 5 (sel.) from Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future.  In Nietzsche and Antiquity: Philological and Philosophical Reflections, special issue of New Nietzsche Studies 2000 (in press)

Zeitatomistik,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 2000, special issue on Nietzsche’s “Time-Atom Theory”

“Vergil’s Voids,” for Lacan and the Classics volume, ed. M. Buchan and J. I. Porter.

“The Subject as Void in Classical Literature: Homer to Lucretius,” Introduction to Lacan and the Classics volume, ed. M. Buchan and J. I. Porter.

Reviews and Review Essays

Subjectivity and Representation in Descartes: The Origins of Modernity, by Dalia Judovitz. Modern Language Notes, v. 103, no. 4 (1988), pp. 915-20.

Changing Bodies, Changing Meanings: Studies in the Human Body in Antiquity, ed. Dominic Montserrat. American Journal of Archaeology (1999), 103:3.

“‘Rare Impressions’: Nietzsche’s Philologica: A Review of the Colli-Montinari Edition (KGW 2.1-5).’” International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 6.3 (Winter): 2000 (in press).

Alessandra Manieri, L’imagine poetica nella teoria degli antichi: Phantasia ed enargeia. Classical World, 2000.

Walther Ludwig, Hellas in Deutschland: Darstellungen der Gräzistik im deutschprachigen Raum aus dem 15. und 17. Jahrhundert.  Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2000.

Alain Martin, Oliver Primavesi, L’Empédocle de Strasbourg (P. Strasb. gr. Inv. 1665-1666). Introduction, édition et commentaire (1998). BASP. (in progress)


Heiko Oberman, The Roots of Antisemitism  (Fortress Press, 1984) [Wurzeln des Antisemitismus (Severin und Siedler, 1982)].

Two essays in Odo Marquard, Farewell to Matters of Principle (Oxford University Press, 1989) [Abschied vom Prinzipiellen: Philosophische Studien (Stuttgart : P. Reclam, 1981).]