Dr Daniel Orrells
- Associate Professor (Lecturer)
M.A., MPhil., PhD. (Cantab.)
- Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellowship at the Winckelmann-Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Humboldt-Universtität zu Berlin (2012-2013)
Recent research degrees supervised include:
- Latin literature and eighteenth-century opera (PhD)
- Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition (PhD)
- Sexual Violence in Vase Painting (PhD)
- The Gothic and Latin Literature; James Stuart and his influences; Comedy in Greek Tragedy; Leo Strauss and Plato (MAs)
Daniel teaches classical literature and languages. His research specifically focuses on the history of the interpretation of Latin and Greek literature from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. He has published a book examining the significance of ancient sexuality for modern German and British historiography and fiction (Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity, OUP, 2011). His research on the history of sexuality continues with two forthcoming monographs: 1) about the impact of Latin and Greek literature on the history of sexuality; and 2) the significance of antiquity for the modern invention of homosexuality in the context of new-imperialist, fin-de-siecle culture (looking at Richard Burton, John Addington Symonds, Henry Havelock Ellis, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, John Gray and Edward Carpenter).
Daniel also researches on the relationship between postcolonial theory and Classics. In November 2008, Daniel organised African Athena, an international conference that reconsidered Martin Bernal's Black Athena twenty years after its original publication. From this event, he edited a volume on modern black-Atlantic receptions of the ancient world, entitled African Athena: New Agendas (OUP), 2011. Daniel is now collaborating with Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (Reader in French, Warwick), to produce Valentin-Yves Mudimbe: A Reader (with University of Virginia Press), the first academic Reader ever of a sub-Saharan African philosopher. The Reader will trace Mudimbe's early career as a classicist to his later work as a novelist and postcolonial theorist.
Daniel has also published articles on the significance of Pompeii and Herculaneum in modern intellectual history; on Winckelmann; and on nineteenth-century commentary-writing. Daniel is taking up a Humboldt Fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin, in order to carry out research on a new project called Illustrating Winckelmann, which will look at the early reception of Winckelmann's work in German, French and Italian thought before the French Revolution.
Daniel has supervised doctoral dissertations on the classical tradition in the novels of Toni Morrison and on the reception of literature in eighteenth-century opera. He welcomes graduate students interested pursuing work in Greek and Latin literature, literary theory, the history of gender and sexuality, classics and aesthetics, and classical reception studies.
Here is a link to African Athena an international conference that reconsidered Martin Bernal's work Black Athena twenty years after it was originally published. Developing from this, in December 2010, Daniel also organised an interdisciplinary workshop, funded by the British Academy, called "Theory for a Global Age: The Place of Africa?", that examined contemporary African literary culture in today's supposedly globalised world.
- Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- African Athena: New Agendas co-edited with Gurminder Bhambra and Tessa Roynon (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Forthcoming books (with contracts)
- Imperious Passions: Greek Love, Empire and Orientalism at the Fin de Siecle (Bloomsbury, 2014)
- Valentin-Yves Mudimbe: A Reader co-edited with Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (University of Virginia Press, 2015)
"Roman Receptions/Receptions of Rome: Walter Pater's Marius the Epicurean", in J. Ingleheart (ed.) Romosexuality: The Reception of Rome and the Invention of Homosexual Identities (Oxford University Press, 2014)
"Freud's Phallic Symbol" in E. O'Gorman and V. Zajko (eds.) Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis (Oxford University Press, December, 2012)
"Headlam's Herodas: The Art of Suggestion", in C. Stray (ed.) Expurgating the Classics (Bloomsbury, 2012)
"Ghosts, Rocks and Footprints: Freudian Archaeology", in S. Hales and J. Paul (eds.) Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today (Oxford University Press, 2011)
“Derrida’s Impression of Gradiva: Mal d’archive and Antiquity”, in M. Leonard (ed.) Derrida and Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Articles in Refereed Journals
"Burying and Excavating Winckelmann's History of Art", Classical Receptions Journal 3.2 (2011), 166-188.
"Greek Love, Orientalism and Race: Intersections in Classical Reception", Cambridge Classical Journal, 58 (2012), 194-230 (Winner of the Paul Rehak Award, American Philological Association, 2013)