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Charles Platter

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Academic History

  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Classics, 1989
  • B.A. Grinnell College, English, 1982
  • Professor, 2007-present
  • Associate Professor, 1996-2007
  • University of Georgia, Associate Professor, 1996-present, Assistant Professor, 1990-96
  • University of Lisbon, Fulbright Visiting Professor, Spring 2002
  • Jagiellonian University, Visiting Professor of Philology, 2000
  • Université de Paris VII, Assistant Associé, 1985-86

Research In Progress

Visions and Revisions:  Plato and the Memory of Socrates

Socrates: A Biography

Research Interests:

Comedy, Literary Theory

Selected Publications:

Commentary on Plato’s Apology of Socrates (with Paul Allen Miller), University of Oklahoma Press, 2009.

Carnivals of Genre in Aristophanic Comedy, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. (see JHUP webpage)

History in Dispute, Charles Platter and Paul Allen Miller eds. BC Manley and Company, 2005. Individual chapters written: "General Introduction," pp. xiv-xvii

Introduction to "Was the Aeneid Augustan Propaganda?" pp. 189-90

Introduction, Pro, and Con to "Was Aristophanes a Reactionary?," pp. 72-80

Introduction, Pro, and Con to "Was Plato an Aristocratic Sympathizer with the Oligarchic Factions within the Athenian State?," pp. 154-63

Introduction to "Was Roman Decline Inevitable with the Fall of the Republic?," p. 238

Con to "Does Marxism Remain a Valid Historical Approach to the Ancient World?" pp. 33-37

Introduction and Con to "Was Homer an Oral Poet?" pp. 130-31, 134-37

Aristophanes' Acharnians, Bryn Mawr Commentary Series, Hackett Publishing 2003.

"Clouds and Wasps on Clouds and Wasps," Prace Komisji Filologii Klasycznej 31 (2003), pp. 5-32.

Carnivalizing Difference: Bakhtin and the Other, Charles Platter, Peter Barta, Paul Allen Miller, and David Shepherd, eds. Routledge 2001. Individual chapters written:

"Introduction," (with Barta, Miller, and Shepherd), pp. 1-21

"Novelistic Discourse in Aristophanes," pp. 51-78

"Power, Politics, Discourse: Augustan Elegy and Beyond," Charles Platter and Paul Allen Miller, eds., Classical World 92 (1999), pp. 403-54.

Individual chapters written:

"Introduction," (with Paul Allen Miller), pp. 403-07

"Crux as Symptom: Augustan Elegy and Beyond" (with Paul Allen Miller), pp. 445-54

"Classics at the University of Georgia," Latin for the 21st Century, Richard LaFleur, ed., Scott, Foresman, Addison Wesley, 1998, pp. 176-86.

Rethinking Sexuality: Foucault and Classical Antiquity, Charles Platter, David Larmour, and Paul Allen Miller, eds., Princeton University Press, 1997.

Individual chapter written:

"Introduction," (with Larmour and Miller), pp. 1-41

Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts: The Latin Tradition, Charles Platter, Barbara Gold, and Paul Allen Miller, eds., SUNY Press, 1997.

Individual chapter written:

"The Artificial Whore: George Buchanan's Apologia pro lena," pp. 207-22

"Comica Adespota 12: Longhairs Get the Gnat," Classical World 89 (1996), pp. 207-12.

"Adeste, hendecasyllabi, quot estis?: George Buchanan's Catullan Imitations," Recapturing the Renaissance: New Perspectives on Humanism, Dialogue, and Texts, Diane S. Wood and Paul Allen Miller, eds., New Paradigm Press, 1996, pp. 125-40.

"Officium in Catullus and Propertius: A Foucauldian Reading," Classical Philology 90 (1995), pp. 211-24.

"Heracles and Deianeira and Nessus: Reverse Chronology in Bacchylides 16," American Journal of Philology 115 (1994), pp. 337-49.

"Bakhtin and Ancient Studies," Charles Platter and Paul Allen Miller, eds., Arethusa 26 (1993).

Individual chapters written:

"Dialogues and Dialogics: By Way of Introduction" (with Paul Allen Miller), pp. 117-21.

"The Uninvited Guest: Aristophanes in Bakhtin's 'History of Laughter,'" pp. 201-16.

"The Poetics of Prostitution: Buchanan's Ars Lenae" (with Barbara Welch), trans. with commentary, Celestinesca 16 (1992), pp. 35-81.

George Buchanan, apologia pro lena, translation reprinted in Bernard Mandeville, A Modest Defense of Public Stews, edited by Irwin Primer (Palgrave-MacMillan 2006).

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