Viviane Sophie Klein

Lecturer in Classical Studies

2013 Ph.D. Boston University (Classical Studies)
2009 M.A. Boston University (Classical Studies)
2004 M.S. Boston University (Advertising)
2003 B.A. Brown University (Classics)

  • STH 416; Hours (Fall 2014): M & W 2:00-3:00, or by appt.
  • 617-358-4317

Curriculum Vitae

I was born in New York and studied at Brown University and Boston University, before returning to BU as a lecturer in Fall 2013. My research focuses on the ways in which themes and devices from Greek and Roman theater pervade and influence other ancient and modern art forms. My dissertation examined Horace’s use of dramatic material in the Sermones and Epistles. Other recent projects have explored: the chorus in Sophocles’ Ajax, the mute characters in the comedies of Plautus and Terence, and the striking similarities between the comedic formulas employed by Greek satyr drama and the American cartoon, Animaniacs. In addition to my academic work, I’ve written several plays inspired by classical literature. My most recent full-length play, The Spitting Image, was a finalist for the 2009 Arthur W. Stone New Play Award. It has been produced in New York City, Boston, and Mystic, Connecticut, and it also received staged readings at the 35th Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles and at Stony Brook University in New York.

Research Interests

Latin poetry, especially lyric and satire; Roman comedy; Greek drama; Mythology; Classical Tradition and Reception

Select Publications and Projects

“Performing the Patron-Client Relationship: Dramaturgical Cues in Horace’s Sermones 2.5,” Illinois Classical Studies, Volume 37 (2012), pp. 97-119.

“Imagining and Imaging the Chorus: A Study of the Physicality, Movement, and Composition of the Chorus in A.R.T.’s Ajax,” Didaskalia, Volume 9, Number 6 (2012)

(2013) “Animaniacs and Ancient Greek Satyr Drama,” Reconsidering Popular Comedy: Ancient and Modern Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland

(2013) “‘There are no small parts, only small actors’: Spotlighting the mute characters of Roman Comedy,” CAMWS Annual Meeting, Iowa City, IA