Nancy Worman

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Classics


Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Classics and Ancient Studies, Comparative Literature



Nancy Worman joined the faculty of Barnard in 1996, having received her BA from Barnard and PhD from Princeton. Professor Worman is affiliated with the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She teaches courses in Classics and Comparative Literature such as The Classical Tradition, Ancient Literary Criticism, and Tragic Bodies, as well as Greek language courses.

Professor Worman 's research focuses on style and the body in performance in classical Greek drama and oratory, as well as ancient literary criticism and theory. She has published books and articles on these topics, including most recently Landscape and the Spaces of Metaphor in Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism (Cambridge 2015), which treats the "landscaping" of ancient literary aesthetics. Two current projects are on embodiment in Greek tragedy and Virginia Woolf's gendering of Greek tragic style, both of which she is presently pursuing as a Fellow at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities.

  • AB, Barnard College
  • MA, PhD, Princeton University

  • Ancient literary criticism and literary theory
  • Greek drama and oratory
  • Performance and the body
  • Modernist reception

Landscape and the Spaces of Metaphor in Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism.

Cambridge University Press (2015).

Place, Space, and Landscape in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, ed.

K. Gilhuly and N. Worman. Cambridge University Press (2014).

Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens. Cambridge University Press (2008).

The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature.  University of Texas Press


"Euripides, Aristophanes, and Sophistic Style." In The Blackwell Companion to

Euripides, ed. L. McClure (Blackwell, 2017), 517-32.

"What Is 'Greek Sex' For?" In Ancient Sex: New Essays, ed. R. Blondell

and K. Ormand (Ohio State University Press, 2015), 208-30.

"The Aesthetics of Ancient Landscapes." In A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics,

Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World, ed. P. Destrée and P. Murray (Blackwell, 2015), 291-306.

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June 9, 2016