Alex Nguyen

I graduated from the University of California, Davis, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in the Spring of 2022. My honors thesis, "Telemachus Drowned: Filial Piety, Patriarchal Succession, and the Story of a Man, Interrupted," featured an analysis of the character of Telemachus in the Odyssey and other works, focusing on the criteria of attaining manhood in the heroic age and how Telemachus' unorthodox inherited legacy shifted these criteria to the detriment of his maturity.

My research interests include the mythologization of patrilineal succession, masculine coming-of-age, and genealogical inheritance in Greek/Homeric epic and tragedy; family curses and cursed houses in Greek tragedy; radical methods of translation and adaptation of classical works; and Homeric reception (esp. Vietnamese, colonial and post-colonial). Outside of Classics, I am interested in journalism and Asian American studies. I began the Ph.D program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania in Fall of 2022.