Lynn Kozak

Lynn Kozak
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Leacock, Rm 625
Department of History 855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 ext.09267
Email address: 
lynn.kozak [at]
Associate Professor, Director of Classical Studies
Leacock, Rm 625

PhD (Classics, University of Nottingham, 2009)
MA (Classics, King's College, University of London, 2004)
BA (Comparative Literature, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2003)

Specialization by time period: 
2000 BCE - 600 CE
1900 - Today
Specialization by geographical area: 
North America
Office hours: 

Zoom meeting:
Mondays 12:30 - 14:30




Lynn Kozak has published on the Iliad, Thucydides, and Greek tragedy, and has broader interests in Plato, the Second Sophistic, the reception and production of Greek performance texts, modern comparative texts, and critical theories. Current research focuses on serial poetics in ancient epic and in contemporary North American television, building on their monograph on this subject, Experiencing Hektor: Character in the Iliad, released in 2016 with Bloomsbury Academic (open-access here). Recent publications (since 2018) include the co-edited volume The Classics in Modernist Translation with Miranda Hickman, and articles on H.D.'s translations of Greek tragic choruses (with Miranda Hickman), Homeric fandom in Greek tragedy, the politics of FOX's The Exorcist, and on reconsidering parallel narrative strategies between ancient epic and contemporary North American serial television. Forthcoming articles and book chapters focus on digression and recall strategies in Stranger Things (Netflix) (with Martin Zeller-Jacques), characterisation in iZombie (The CW), genre hybridity in Lucifer (FOX/Netflix), the reception of Achilles and Patroklos in NBC's Hannibal, Homeric translation, performance, and dramaturgy, while works-in-progress include pieces on the vortex in Homer, Iliad 17, and queer Homeric receptions (with Bruce King).

Prof. Kozak is the organiser of the annual McGill Classics Play, a member of the Quebec Drama Federation and the Freestanding Room Artists' Collective, as well as the co-founder and co-artistic director (with Carina de Klerk) of Oimoi Productions, providing many students with mentorship and creative opportunities to work with Classical texts and performance within the broader Montreal community. Recent creative collaborations include literal translations of Hrosvitha's Sapientia,  Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus (Centaur Theatre Brave New Looks Selection, 2017) and Aristophanes' Birds for Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre.

From January-August 2018, Kozak translated and performed the whole Iliad in weekly serial instalments, as part of an FRQSC-funded project "Previously On...The Iliad"; all performances are available to view on youtube. They also performed a version of the Apologoi from the Odyssey as part of the 2019 Festival Interculturel du Conte.

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