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Philip Walsh

Assistant Professor of English; Instructor of Latin and Ancient Greek

Ph.D.  Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2008

A.M.  Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2005

B.A.  Classical Studies, summa cum laude, College of William and Mary, 1999  



GRW 101 - How Literature Matters (fall 2016)

ENG 223 - Introduction to Drama (fall 2016)

ENG 394 - Comic Visions (fall 2016)

ENG 101 - Literature and Composition (spring 2015) 

ENG 216 - Classical Literature (spring 2015)

ENG Special Topics Courses - Tragic Visions  /  A Literature of Ideas (cross-listed in HMN, ILC, and PHL)  / Ancient Greek and Roman Drama (cross-listed in THE)

Classical Languages - Elementary Greek I and II  /  Elementary Latin I and II

PHL 394 - Washington College in Greece (a short-term study abroad experience - summer 2016)


Professional Experience

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” - William Faulkner

Professor Walsh joined the faculty of Washington College in 2008. His teaching interests include drama of all periods, ancient Greek and Roman literature, the classical languages, and the prose fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro. His research focuses on ancient and modern literary relations, and he is interested in the dynamic relationship between classical antiquity and the contemporary world. He is the editor of Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, a collection of essays that traces how the Greek comedies of Aristophanes have been translated, adapted, and utilized in various modern contexts. 

Walsh participates actively in the literary and intellectual life at Washington College. He has supervised a number of Senior Capstone Experiences on authors like Aeschylus, Sophocles, Ovid, Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm, and Virginia Woolf. A resident member of the Theta of Maryland, Washington College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, he has served as the chapter’s Secretary-Historian (2010-13) and President (2013-15). 



Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes (fall 2016) [edited seventeen chapters, and authored the preface and a chapter entitled “The Verbal and the Visual: Aristophanes’ Nineteenth-Century English Translators”]

“The Importance of Being Helen,” Eidolon (25 April 2016 - an essay on Helen of Troy, “terrible beauty,” and Aubrey Beardsley)

“Henry Fleeming Jenkin” and “Renaissance and Modern Schools” (the latter with Matthew Steggle), The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, ed. Alan Sommerstein (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)

Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts,” a blog post for Johns Hopkins University Press (March 2015)

“A Study in Reception: The British Debates over Aristophanes’ Politics and Influence,” Classical Receptions Journal 1(1), Oxford University Press (2009): 55-72

“English Translations of the Plays of Aristophanes, 1651-1800: A Review and Analysis,” Genre 27 (2007): 223-234

Biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Francis Howes, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Thomas Taylor, Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, Volume 4: 1790-1900, eds. Peter France and Kenneth Haynes, (Oxford University Press, 2006)


Presentations (since 2011)

“Seven Sapphos,” part of the lecture series What’s Found in Translation, sponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College, April 2015

Remaking College: Some Reflections on the Liberal Arts,” a lecture sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (October 2014)

“The Reception of Aristophanes: When Does Old Comedy Become Modern?” lecture and discussion, Department of Classical Studies, The College of William and Mary (October 2014)

“Aristophanes in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture,” panel on the modern reception of ancient Greek drama, American Comparative Literature Association, New York University (March 2014)

“Bringing the Classics to Life for our Students,” interview with Classics Confidential (May 2014) 

“Lysistrata’s Modern Illustrators: Beardsley, Lindsay, and Picasso,” Comparative Drama Conference, Stevenson University (April 2013)

“‘Call No Man Happy’: What Literature and Art Can Teach Us about What It Means to be Human,” a lecture sponsored by the WC-ALL (March 2013)

“Preserving the Classics at a Small Liberal Arts College,” panel on the modern reception of the classics, American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University (March 2012)

“Plato’s Euthyphro” and “Borges’ Ficciones,”three lectures and discussions for Washington College’s Partners in Philosophy, Jessup Correctional Institution, July and August 2011 [Additional Press: Washington Post 1 September 2011 (online and print)]

“A Possession for All Time: Why Ancient Greek Drama Matters,” a lecture sponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College (February 2011)


Honors And Affiliations

Society for Classical Studies

American Comparative Literature Association

Albert Spaulding Cook Prize in Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2007

The William Johnson Hogan Prize for Excellence in Classical Studies, 1999

Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Virginia, 1999