Mariapia Pietropaolo received her PhD from the University of Toronto, with a dissertation on Latin elegy. Her background also includes training in art history and literary theory. Before coming to the University of Missouri in 2015 she taught courses in Classical Latin language and literature, Medieval Latin language and literature, and Greek language at the University of Toronto.
Her teaching at the University of Missouri includes courses in undergraduate and graduate Latin language and literature, as well as courses for non-specialists on the culture and literature of the Augustan age. She has also been a member of the team teaching a large interdisciplinary course on the ancient world in the Honors College. This year she serves as the faculty advisor for the Eta Sigma Phi student society.
Her research focuses on the poets of the Augustan age but also involves Classical aesthetics as well as literary theory and the law. At the University of Missouri, she has so far completed a book manuscript on the grotesque in Latin elegy (currently under consideration), an article on Galatea and Polyphemus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and several conference papers. Her current projects include two articles on Vergil’s Eclogues as well as a book on the aesthetics of Narcissism in Ovid’s poetry and the related iconographic tradition.
“The Cyclopic Grotesque in Ovid’s Tale of Galatea and Polyphemus,” The Classical Journal. (Forthcoming).
“Metamorphic Composition in Ovid’s Treatment of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus,” Mouseion, LIV Series III Vol. 11, No.3 (2011): 279-294. Published in 2014.
“Echoes of Hylas. The Poetics of Allusion in Propertius,” Parole Rubate / Purloined Letters: An International Journal of Quotation Studies, 6 (2012): 95-107.