Ph.D, Language and Literature, Stanford University
David F. Driscoll received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Department of Classics in June 2016 and is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. He was a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. He has a BA from Grinnell College in classics and physics and an MA from the University of Georgia in classical languages. His research interests include Homer and ancient Homeric reception, Classical and Imperial Greek prose, and archaic Greek poetry.
Driscoll’s dissertation project, “Acting the Exegete: Homeric Quotation and Interpretation in Imperial Literary Symposia,” analyzed the surprisingly common presence of Homer in Imperial literary symposia, i.e. fictionalized evening conversation during the early Roman Empire. Building on Bourdieuan analysis to treat these quotations from the standpoint of performance, it argued that through the societally approved use of Homer elites both justify their privileged position and establish their own internal hierarchy.