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N. Gregson Davis, Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Humanities

N. Gregson Davis

My primary field of research in Classical Studies is ancient Greek and Latin poetry, and the focus of my published work has been on the interpretation of the poetry of the Augustan poets, Horace, Vergil and Ovid. I also pursue research in contemporary Caribbean Literature, with special emphasis on the Francophone and Anglophone literary traditions (particularly the poetry of the Martinican, Aimé Césaire, and the St.Lucian, Derek Walcott). My current work explores the interconnections between philosophy (especially ethics) and poetry in Augustan literature.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  233G Allen Building, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3779
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • LATIN 102.01, ELEMENTARY LATIN Synopsis
    Social Sciences 311, MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
  • LATIN 768S.01, SEMINAR LAT LIT II (TOP) Synopsis
    Languages 312, WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Education:

Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley1968
B.A.Harvard University1960
Research Interests:

Greek and Latin Poetry; francophone and anglophone Caribbean Literature; rhetoric; semiotics; pragmatics; reception of Classics in Caribbean literature

Keywords:

Caribbean literature (English) • Caribbean literature (French) • Latin literature • Martinican literature (French)

Bio

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. G Davis, Journal of a Homecoming, in Cahier d'un retour au pays natal by Aimé Césaire, manual (2016), Duke University Press  [abs]
    2. G Davis, Aimé Césaire, in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, manual (2015)
    3. G Davis, The dual function of the umbra-motif in Vergil’s Bucolics, in Vergilian Studies dedicated to the memory of Mario Geymonat, edited by HC Günther, manual, vol. 10 (2015), pp. 89-101, Traugott Bautz Verlag
    4. G Davis, Locus of performance and lyric argument in Horace C.3.28, in Actes du colloque de Lyon "La poésie lyrique dans la cité antique, manual (2015), pp. 275-284, École Normale de Lyon  [abs]
    5. G Davis, A flag of one’s own? Aimé Césaire between poetry and politics, manual (June, 2013), Oxford University Press [available here]  [abs]


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