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Hunter Gardner

Title: Classics Program Director
Professor of Classics
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Bldg, 704
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Prof. Hunter Gardner

Hunter Gardner joined the Classics Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in 2007, and has since 2008 been an affiliate of Women’s and Gender Studies; in 2014 she joined the core faculty the Comparative Literature Program and teaches regularly for the South Carolina Honors College.  In 2013 she was named an inaugural McCausland Fellow by the College of Arts and Sciences, as recognition of her outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Dr. Gardner’s initial research efforts at UofSC were devoted primarily to exploring the relationship between the genre of Latin love elegy and the Augustan historical context from which it emerged. Her monograph, Gendering Time in Augustan Love Elegy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Dr. Gardner’s latest book, Pestilence and the Body Politic (Oxford 2019), explores the development of plague narratives in the western tradition and, in particular, looks to Roman epic poets writing in the late Republic and early Principate as significant contributors to depictions of contagion.  Like her work on Latin love elegy, the project draws in part from an understanding of the social upheavals and civil discord that characterized this period of Roman history, with its shift from aristocratic governance to quasi-monarchy under Augustus. 

In addition to teaching and publishing in the field of Latin literature, Dr. Gardner regularly teaches and publishes in the area of reception studies.  She has co-edited a collection of essays on adaptations of the Odysseus myth in various media (novels, visual arts, television), Odyssean Identities in Modern CulturesThe Journey Home (2014; forthcoming in paperback, 2016).  She also teaches a course on the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in cinema and popular culture.  She has published numerous articles on the topic, including one on Pygmalion figures in twentieth-century horror films, a recent piece on Neil Marshall’s epic/thriller hybrid, Centurion (2010), and a forthcoming co-edited volume on the persistence of epic tropes in 21st c. film and television. 

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