We are delighted to announce that Dr. Alexander Nikolaev will join the...
Professor of Classical Studies
Editor-in-Chief, Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics
1984 Ph.D Yale University
1982 Visiting Postgraduate Student Magdalen College, Oxford
1979 M. Phil. Yale University
1977 M.A. Yale University
1975 B.A. Boston University, summa cum laude
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Professor, Boston University, 2004-present
Associate Professor, Boston University, 1993-2004
Assistant Professor, Boston University, 1988-93
Assistant Professor, Emory University, 1985-87
Adjunct Professor, Emory University, 1985-87
Visiting Assistant Professor, Emory University, 1984-85
Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, 1982-85
Teaching Fellow/Instructor, Yale University, 1977-80
Major Honors & Awards
Boston University Humanities Foundation Award, 2010
Golden Lion (nomination), Venice International Film Festival, for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, 2009
Scholarly Outreach Prize (Inaugural Recipient), American Philological Association, 2004
Annual B.G. Rudolph Lecture in Judaic Studies, Syracuse University, 2003
Boston University Humanities Foundation Award (2002-03; 2004-05)
PEN Translation Prize (Sophocles’ Aias), Nominee, 2000
Guest Filmmaker, (BU Cinemateque 2000, 2003; Las Vegas International Film Festival, 2000; Telluride Film Festival, 1997; Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, 1999; Vermont International Film Foundation, 1999; Harvard Film Archive, 1998, 1999)
Thomas L. Conklin Memorial Lecture, Department of Greek and Latin, Wayne State University, 1996
Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, Council of Editors of Learned Journals, 1992
Editor-in-Chief, Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, triennial publication, Vols. 1-XII.2 in print, 1990-present (http://www.bu.edu/arion/)
General Editor (with William Arrowsmith), The Greek Tragedy in New Translations, Oxford University Press, 23 Vols., 1985-96.
Ballad of a Righteous Merchant, Notes on Herzog Directing My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, A Film by Herbert Golder, to premiere 2011.
The Coward Does it with a Kiss (in progress).
The Mythic Power of Film, Syracuse University Press (in progress and under contract).
A Poetry of Criticism: The Essays of William Arrowsmith, Editor (in progress).
The Poker Club (feature film, Assistant Director), Chesapeake Films, shot summer 2007, currently in post-production, scheduled for 2008 release.
A Winter’s Tale (feature film, Writer/Director/Producer); currently in development.
Euripides’ The Bacchae, Applause Books (London and New York), 2001.
Sophocles’ Aias (Ajax) (with Richard Pevear), Oxford University Press (Oxford and New York), 1999.
David Strauss, Writer and Confessor, Unmodern Observations of Friedrich
Nietzsche (ed. William Arrowsmith), Yale University Press (New Haven), 1990.
Other Select Publications
“Man Enough,” Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, XV.2, Fall 2007, 73-81.
“Resisting Paradise,” The 15th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival Program Book, November 2003,p.29.
“Sappho 31,” Literary Imagination, volume 5, number 2 (Spring 2003), p.179
“Shoes From America,” The 14th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival Program Book, November 2002, p. 29.
“Works on Herzog (1964-2003)” bibliography in on-line publication, Werner Herzog Film, September 2001- , 92pp (http://www.wernerherzog.com/, “Works on Herzog”).
“Introduction” by Werner Herzog, editing and revision by Herbert Golder, toPilgrims, Becoming the Path Itself, Photography by Lena Herzog, Periplus Publications (London 2002).
Review of Revolution #9, 11 December 2002, Internet Movie Database (see http://www.us.imdb.com/).
“The Gaze and the Blood,” by J. Acosta and “Origins” by Ignacio de Cossio, both translated by Gregory Rabassa, editing and revision by Herbert Golder, in Tauromaquia, The Art of Bullfighting, photography by Lena Herzog, Periplus Productions (London 2001).
“Forum,” Editorial, Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, V.3, Winter 1998, 158–61.
“Geek Tragedy?—Or, Why I’d Rather Go To the Movies,” Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, IV.1, Spring 1996, 174–209.
“Making a Scene: Gesture, Tableau, and the Tragic Chorus,” The Chorus in Greek Tragedy, Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, IV.1, Spring 1996, 1–19.
Preface to The Chorus in Greek Tragedy and Culture, Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, III. 1, Fall 1994/Winter 1995, 1–5.
“Editors’ Foreword,” Euripides’ Electra, translated with introduction and notes by Janet Lembke and Kenneth Reckford (Oxford University Press) 1994.
“William Arrowsmith (1924–92),” Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists, edited by Ward Briggs. Greenwood Press, 1994, 21–23.
Euripides’ Andromache, Pequod: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Literary Criticism (1993) 30-31.
“On First Looking into Arrowsmith’s Chapman,” Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, II.2&3, Spring & Fall 1992/3, 1–18.
“Visual Meaning in Greek Drama,” Advances in Nonverbal Communication: Sociocultural, Clinical, Esthetic and Literary Perspectives, ed. Fernando Poyatos, (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1992), 323–60
“Editors’ Foreword” (with William Arrowsmith), Euripides’ Hecuba, translated with and introduction and notes by Janet Lembke and Kenneth Reckford (Oxford University Press 1991).
“Sophocles’ Ajax: Beyond the Shadow of Time,” Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, I.1, Winter 1990, 9–34 .
“Editorial Statement,” Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, 1.1, Winter 1990, 5–8.
“Herzog’s Cobra Verde: A Ballad of Death and Desire,” in the Screen Guardiansupplement to The Guardian (UK), July 28, 1988.
“Euripides: Chorus–The Bacchae” (with C.K. Williams), The Journal of Literary Translation 16 (1986) 254-62.
“Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Pindar,” in Poets and Heroes: Scenes of The Trojan War, ed. Bonna D. Wescoat, Catalogue for Loan Exhibition, Emory Museum of Art and Archaeology, Emory University, Atlanta, 1986 (excerpts reprinted in Emory Magazine, March 1987, vol. 63, no. 1, 14-16.
“The Mute Andromache,” Transactions of the American Philological Association, 113 (1983) 123–33
My Son My Son What Have Ye Done (feature film, Writer and Producer), directed by Werner Herzog and executive-produced by David Lynch, starring Michael Shannon and Willem Defoe; World Premiere, Fall 2009 (Golden Lion, nomination, Venice Film Festival), Theatrical Release New York City and Los Angeles, 2009, DVD release September 2010.
Rescue Dawn (feature film, Archival Footage), premiere, Toronto Film Festival, 2006; nationwide theatrical release by MGM, July 2007 (now available on DVD).
In the Shadow of the Moon (documentary film, Vietnam Archival Research), presented by Ron Howard, nationwide theatrical release, September 2007.
Invincible (feature film), Writer/Assistant Director (to Werner Herzog)/Actor, Fine Line Features, 2002.
Voimaa Valkokankaalle [Filming Invincible] (documentary), Actor, directed by Hannu Heikinheimo, YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company, 2002.
Gott und die Beladenen (documentary), Assistant Director (to Werner Herzog), ZDF 2000.
Wings of Hope (documentary), Assistant Director (to Werner Herzog), ZDF & BBC, 1999.
My Best Fiend (documentary), Assistant Director (to Werner Herzog), ZDF, BBC, BRAVO (Cannes Film Festival by special invitation) 1999.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (documentary), Assistant Director (to Werner Herzog)/ Archival Research/Post-Production Supervision, HBO/Cinemax, 1998
- Emmy Award Nomination, Best Primetime Nonfiction Special,1999.
- Golden Apple, National Educational Media Network,1999
- Silver FIPA, Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming 1999
- Golden Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival-Winner,1999
- Best Documentary, Runner-up, National Society of Film Critics US,1998
- Distinguished Achievement Award for Feature, International Documentary Association, 1998
- Academy Award (Oscar) Nomination Shortlist, 1998
- Special Jury Award, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 1997
Sophocles’ Ajax, stage adaptation (directed by Rush Rehm) presented by Stanford University, Stanford, and Emory University, Atlanta, April 4-13, 1996.
Euripides’ Bacchae, stage adaptation presented by Olympic Studios, Boston University, Boston, April 1995.
Euripides’ Bacchae, stage adaptation presented by College Year in Athens, Athens, Greece, April 1994.