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Erika Weiberg, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Theater Studies

Erika Weiberg

Dr. Erika Weiberg (she/they) researches and teaches Greek language and literature, with a focus on Greek poetry, gender and sexuality, and theory and reception. They received their 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 they joined the faculty at Duke.

Their current book project, titled Theater of the Home Front: Performing Gender and Trauma in Greek Tragedy, investigates the performance of women's emotional pain as a central feature of plays about homecoming. This book asks 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.

They are also at work on a second book project that investigates how contemporary writers and performance artists engage with Greek mythology to reimagine present assumptions about gender.

Contact Info:
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Office Phone:  (919) 681-4292
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Office Hours:

Dr. Weiberg's office hours this semester are Mondays at 1:30-2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 2:30-3:30 pm on Zoom. They are also available to meet by appointment. Please email them for a link to their personal meeting room on Zoom.


D.Phil.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill2016

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

Recent 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, 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]
  4. Weiberg,, The Writing on the Mind: Deianeira's Trauma in Sophocles' Trachiniae, Phoenix, vol. 72 no. 1/2 (2018), pp. 19-19, Phoenix [doi]
  5. Weiberg, E, Lessons in Grief and Corruption: Anne Carson’s Translations of Euripides, in Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre, edited by Wilkinson, JM (January, 2015), pp. 200-205, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0472052530

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