Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. in Classics and Humanities, 2012; Geballe Dissertation Fellow
Al Duncan’s research considers the ways audiences, both ancient and modern, create value from classical Greek theater. Considering plays not simply as poetic texts but also as scripts for performance, his work focuses on the production, materiality, and aesthetics of the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. His in-progress book, provisionally entitled Ugly Productions: Genre and Aesthetics in Athenian Drama, explores the ways ugliness established and mediated genre in the nascent art form of theater.
Other research interests include cognition; philosophy and literature; dramatic fragments; the reception, translation, and transformation of classical works (especially in South Africa), and connections between performance and pedagogy.
From 2012 - 2015, Al was Assistant Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah.