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Don Lavigne

Position: 

Ph.D. Language and Literature, 2005
Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University

Biography: 

Don Lavigne (Ph.D. Stanford, 2005)  is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Texas Tech University.  Don is especially interested in the oral/poetic landscape of Archaic Greece and its influence upon the Hellenistic poets, with a focus on the Iambographers.  Additionally, his work explores Roman lyric and epigram, as well as gender studies and critical theory.  Don is currently at work on a book, which is based on his Stanford thesis, which examines the persona of iambic poems as the defining feature of the genre.  A second large project deals with ancient epigram, exploring the poetic strategies used in the overly fictional and divisible epigrammatic poetics.  He is also writing papers on Archilochus, Martial, and Dioscourides, and has published on the new Posidippus roll (with Allen Romano).  Since December 2007, Don Lavigne has been a Book Review Editor and Associate Editor of The American Journal of Philology.  In 2011, Prof. Lavigne was a fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) at Harvard University.  While there, he completed a study of Archaic Greek inscribed epigram, as it relates to performed poetry of the same period.