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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 current book project, titled Demanding Witness: Women and the Trauma of Homecoming in Greek Tragedy, investigates the performance of women's emotional pain as a central feature of plays about homecoming. This book examines what public feelings and counter-narratives about trauma are explored through the prominent female characters of tragic nostos stories, for whom the story of homecoming is not one of salvation and recovery of the self, but rather of revenge, replacement, erasure, and escape.

She 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 analyzes how ancient Greeks and Romans constructed a concept of psychological trauma and explores the legacy of that concept today.

Curriculum Vitae

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Office Phone:  (919) 681-4292
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Teaching (Fall 2022):

    West Duke 202, MWF 01:45 PM-02:35 PM
    Old Chem 101, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as THEATRST 230.01, VMS 282.01)
    West Duke 202, MWF 01:45 PM-02:35 PM
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Dr. Weiberg is not on campus this summer. They are happy to meet virtually by appointment. Please request an appointment over 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, The Bed and the Tomb, Mnemosyne, vol. 73 no. 5 (January, 2020), pp. 729-749, Brill [doi]  [abs]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. Weiberg,, The Writing on the Mind: Deianeira's Trauma in Sophocles' <em>Trachiniae</em>, Phoenix, vol. 72 no. 1/2 (2018), pp. 19-19, Project Muse [doi]

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