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Alexander Beecroft

Professor in Classics and Comparative Literature
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 707
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Alexander Beecroft

Alexander Beecroft teaches courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient civilizations, literary theory (ancient and modern) and the theory and practice of world literature. His major areas of research interest are in the literatures of Ancient Greece and Rome, pre-Tang Chinese literature (i.e. before AD 600), as well as current debates about world literature. His first book, Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. He was the recipient of a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies for the 2011-12 academic year for work on his next book project, An Ecology of World Literature: From Antiquity to the Present Day. (Verso, January 2015). His next project after that, A Global History of Literature, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. He is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Comparative Literature Association.

2003 Ph.D, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

1995 B.A.(Honours) Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Areas of Research Interest
Archaic and Classical Greek literature
Shi Jing, Chu Ci and pre-Qin philosophical and historical texts
Han and Six Dynasties poetry
Latin literature
Ancient literary criticsm
Pre-modern systems of literary circulation
World Literature

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Classical Mythology
Great Books of the Western World
Introduction to Graduate Study
Topics in Literary Theory: Nostos: Nostalgia, Exile, Cosmopolitanism

Selected Publications:

An Ecology of World Literature:From Antiquity to the Present Day (Verso, 2015)
Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation. (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
“Blindness and Literacy in the Lives of Homer” Classical Quarterly 61.1 (2011), 1-18.
“When Cosmopolitanisms Intersect: An Early Chinese Buddhist Apologetic and World Literature.” Comparative Literature Studies 47.3 (December 2010), 266-289.
"Oral Formula and Intertextuality in the Chinese Folk Tradition (Yuefu)" Early Medieval China 15 (2009), 23-47.
“World Literature Without a Hyphen: Towards A Typology of Literary Systems” New Left Review 54 (Nov-Dec 2008), 87-100.
“Nine Fragments in Search of an Author: Poetic lines attributed to Terpander,” The Classical Journal 103.3 (2008), 225-41.
“‘This is not a true story’: Stesichorus’ Palinode and the Revenge of the Epichoric” Transactions of the American Philological Association 156.1 (2006), 47-70.