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Erika Weiberg, Assistant Professor

Erika Weiberg

Dr. Erika L. Weiberg researches and teaches Greek language and literature, with a focus on Greek poetry, gender and sexuality, and theory and reception. She received her PhD in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 and taught at Florida State University from 2016 to 2020, when she joined the faculty at Duke.

Their first book, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is titled Demanding Witness: Women and the Trauma of Homecoming in Greek Tragedy. Demanding Witness investigates how the trauma of female characters is represented and received in four Greek tragedies about homecoming: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, and Euripides’ Heracles and Helen. Through discussions of modern trauma concepts alongside historical and literary analyses of these plays, this book examines how and why female characters’ expressions of psychological pain are hotly contested, silenced, and suppressed by other characters and sometimes by the plot of the play itself. By shifting focus to the returning hero’s wife and the women he enslaves, Demanding Witness calls attention to the detrimental effects of structural and chronic forms of trauma in addition to trauma caused by discrete, catastrophic events. This book argues that recognizing women’s trauma in these tragedies requires questioning how Greek society was organized through hierarchies that privilege the hero’s story of trauma and recovery to the exclusion of other types of stories and experiences.

Dr. Weiberg is also at work on two additional projects. The first investigates how contemporary writers and performance artists engage with Greek mythology to re-imagine gender and sexuality. The second rethinks how scholars have formulated concepts of Greek madness through engagement with key interventions in the field of Mad Studies.

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Office Phone:  (919) 681-4292
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • CLST 208.01, ANCIENT MYTH Synopsis
    Reuben-Coo 130, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as RELIGION 208.01)
  • GREEK 528.01, DRAMA Synopsis
    Perkins 079, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Office Hours:

Dr. Weiberg's office hours during Spring 2023 are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2-3 pm in Allen 227. You do not need to make an appointment to attend office hours, but if you aren’t available at those times or want to talk in private, Dr. Weiberg will happily schedule a meeting with you via email. They are also happy to meet via Zoom. If you prefer to meet on Zoom, please let them know via email.


D.Phil.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill2016

Gender History and Theory • History of sexuality • Psychic trauma in the theater • Theater--Greece

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Weiberg, EL, FALSE REPORTS AND WAITING WIVES ON THE HOME FRONT IN AESCHYLUS’ AGAMEMNON AND SOPHOCLES’ TRACHINIAE, Classical Philology, vol. 117 no. 2 (April, 2022), pp. 282-302 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Weiberg, EL, The Bed and the Tomb, Mnemosyne, vol. 73 no. 5 (January, 2020), pp. 729-749, Brill [doi]  [abs]
  3. Weiberg, E, Learning to Bear Witness: Tragic Bystanders in Sophocles’ Trachiniae, in Emotional Trauma in Greece and Rome, edited by Karanika, A; Panoussi, V (January, 2020), pp. 177-191, Routledge, ISBN 978-0815373476  [abs]
  4. Weiberg, EL, Tectius illa cupit: Female Pleasure in Ovid's Ars amatoria, Helios: a Journal Devoted to Critical and Methodological Studies of Classical Culture, Literature, and Society, vol. 47 no. 2 (2020), pp. 161-189, Project Muse [doi]
  5. Weiberg, E, Weapons as Friends and Foes in Sophocles’ Ajax and Euripides’ Heracles, in The Materialities of Greek Tragedy, edited by Telò, M; Mueller, M (August, 2018), pp. 63-78, Bloomsbury Academic, ISBN 978-1350028791  [abs]

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