Emily Allen was born in the United States but raised in Paris, where she studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne. She then went to Harvard to pursue a PhD in Classical Philology. She joins the Rutgers Classics faculty in the fall of 2009.
Her dissertation is a study of the representations of pain, both physical and mental, in archaic and classical Greek poetry and culture. This year she will be gearing up to defend her thesis before a French “jury” at the Sorbonne.
Allen has given several papers on both Greek and Latin literature, including at the APA in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This fall, she has been invited to give papers on pain and tragedy at McGill and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. She is also currently working on the first translation into English of August W. Schlegel’s Comparaison entre la Phèdre de Racine et celle d’Euripide, as a contributor to a project directed by Donald Mastronarde (UC Berkeley)
This summer she spent a few sun-drenched weeks in the hills just outside of ancient Olympia, teaching a course on “The Ancient Greeks and the Other” for Harvard’s Summer School, and exploring a few sites of the Peloponnese, including the beautiful Venetian fortress of Methoni and the palace of Nestor at Pylos.