B.A. Classics, Columbia University, 2008 M.A. Classics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013 Ph.D. Classics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
Irene Han’s teaching and research interests include ancient political theory, critical theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, feminist thought, gender and sexuality. Her dissertation One Hundred and One Nights: Plato and the Metaphysical Feminine examines the role of the female body and the feminine principle in the utopian framework in Plato’s political dialogues, the Republic, Laws, and Timaeus, and uses Deleuze’s Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 as a model with which to read the ancient texts. She has also written on Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the “The Anatomy of Woman,” which looks at the Perseus/Medusa episode through a Lacanian/Žižekian lens. Her current project is on Sophocles’s Antigone and is interested in casting the tragic figure as an existentialist heroine in the spirit of Sartre and de Beauvoir. She finds inspiration for her work in films, art, music, poetry, and people.
Teaching and Research Interests
ancient political theory; classical Greek literature and culture; aesthetics; continental philosophy; feminist theory; psychoanalysis