William Beck

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Bill focuses on long-form narratives, both poetic (i.e., ancient epic) and in prose (i.e., the ancient novel). He is interested in narratology, literary criticism (both ancient and modern), and the productive interaction between scholarly and literary texts. He is currently working on a dissertation on emplotment in the Iliad, provisionally entitled ‘In Medias Res: The Metapoetics of Plot in the Iliad,’ in which he argues that the Iliad is a poem about plot just as it is a poem about a plot.

As a recipient of the US-UK Fulbright All-Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Bill is spending the 2015-16 academic year working, under the supervision of Professor Eleanor Dickey, on a translation of the scholia (in Erbse’s edition) to the first several books of the Iliad.
Bill received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 2011, where he received Highest Honors and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in Greek and a minor in Latin. He entered the PhD program in the same year.