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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 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, forthcoming in Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica. 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.
ancient political theory, critical theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, feminist thought, gender and sexuality