Lynn Kozak

Lynn Kozak
Contact Information

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
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: 

On Leave 2022-3




Lynn Kozak works on archaic and classical ancient Greek literature, as well as its receptions, translations, and comparisons with contemporary texts. After their monograph, Experiencing Hektor: Character in the Iliad, released in 2016 with Bloomsbury Academic (Experiencing Hektor open-access) compared the Iliad's serial poetics to those of contemporary North American narrative television, they have also continued to work in television and media studies.

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, how Lucifer's supernatural protagonists subvert procedural expectations, reconsidering parallel narrative strategies between ancient epic and contemporary North American serial television, Stranger Things' (Netflix) "binge-able narrative" (with Martin Zeller-Jacques), the reception of Achilles and Patroklos in NBC's Hannibal, a broader exploration of queer receptions of #Patrochilles with Bruce King, and an exploration of formal features in the shows of Robert and Michelle King across distribution platforms. Forthcoming work include articles and book chapters on Homeric translation, performance, and dramaturgy, the vortex in Homer, Iliad 17, and representations of American police violence in supernatural procedurals Lucifer and Evil.

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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