Mario Telò

Professor of Classics
Ph.D. classics 2006 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
B.A. classics 2000 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Research Interests: 
Greek literature, ancient drama, critical theory
mtelo [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Office / Location: 
7212 Dwinelle
Office Hours: 
Fall 2016: Thursday 3p–5p

I spent eight years at UCLA as an assistant and associate professor of classics. My research interests cover the full range of Greek literature, with occasional incursions into Roman drama. After working for a number of years on Greek comedy, I am developing a project on Greek tragedy entitled Archive Feelings, which takes my interests in affect, materiality, and the dynamics of textual preservation—already present in my second monograph, Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy (University of Chicago Press, 2016)—in a new direction. A preview of a chapter is forthcoming in the CUP volume Imagining Reperformance in Ancient Culture. Other projects involve sound and the narrative unconscious in Heliodorus's Aethiopica; the materiality and symbolism of the title object in Plautus's Rudens and Hitchcock's The Rope; queer affect in Sophocles' Philoctetes; Old Comedy and the death drive. A short monograph on Querolus is under contract with Bloomsbury, and with Melissa Mueller, I am coediting a volume entitled The Materialities of Greek Tragedy: Objects and Affect in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides (also under contract with Bloomsbury). I am also an editor of the journal Classical Antiquity.

Select Publications: 

Eupolidis Demi, edition and commentary (Le Monnier 2007)

Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon (University of Chicago Press 2016)

Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres, with E. Bakola and L. Prauscello (Cambridge University Press 2013)


"The Boon and the Woe: Friendship and the Ethics of Affect," in M. Mueller and M. Telò, The Materialities of Greek Tragedy: Objects and Affect in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, London (Bloomsbury) 2018

"The Politics of Dissensus in Aristophanes' Birds," in H. Foley, R. Rosen, and E. Scharffenberger, Aristophanes and Politics, Brill ("Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition) 2018

"Literary-Critical Intensities: Pathos, Affect, and Greek Tragedy," in J. Connolly and N. Worman, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism

"Iambic Horrors: Shivers and Brokenness in Archilochus and Hipponax," in M. Foster, L. Kurke, N. Weiss, eds., The Genres of Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models, Brill 2018

"Re-performance, Exile, and Archive Feelings: Re-reading Aristophanes' Acharnians and Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus," in R. L. Hunter and A. Uhlig, eds., Imagining Reperformance in Ancient Culture: Studies in the Traditions of Drama and Lyric, Cambridge University Press 2017

"Tasting Homer: Matro's Gastroaesthetic Tour Through Epic," in K. Rudolph, ed., Taste and the Ancient Senses, Routledge 2017


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