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Boris Shoshitaishvili

Boris is a 5th year graduate student in the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program, with a Ph.D. minor in Classics. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of CompColl (Comparative Literature's departmental colloquium) as well as the DLCL's current graduate co-organizer of the Philosophy & Literature Research Workshop. He has been a regular participant and frequent presenter at Stanford's PRG (Philosophical Reading Group). His interests include epic poetry, ancient Greek and Latin literature, narrative theory, fantasy fiction, and encounters between literary thinking and philosophy/science.
His master’s thesis compared the adaptation of Greek mythic figures of death (Thanatos/Charos) in the Odysseia, the 20th century epic of Nikos Kazantzakis, to the transformation of Sisyphus in Albert Camus's philosophical treatise, The Myth of Sisyphus. Before beginning his Ph.D. at Stanford, Boris taught English and Latin at a private high school in Istanbul, Turkey.
In his dissertation, he is exploring a new approach to epic—as a genre of world-weaving narrative that extends beyond what we typically call literature. The comparanda for the project in its full sweep are the Homeric epics, the Biblical scriptures, and the scientific narrative of evolutionary biology; the dissertation focuses most closely on the Iliad.
His scholarly presentations:
"Achilles' Transgressions", 2017 Center for the Study of the Novel, Stanford University.
“Evolutionary Narrative as Epic: the Hero and World of Homo sapiens”, 2016 First Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Symposium, Stanford University.
“The Epic of Evolution: Literary Approaches to its Hero and World”, 2016 European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Epic as World-Making Literature”, 2016 Comparatist Colloquium, Stanford University.
"Making Light of Comedy: Spoudaios and Phaulos in Aristotle’s Poetics", 2016 Northeast Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, Hartford, CT.
“The Maker of Plots: Classicizing Borges”, 2012 American Comparative Literature Association Seminar, Providence, RI.
“Thanatos to Charos: A Modern Greek Author’s Adaptation of Death in Antiquity”, 2011 Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, New York, NY.
“Sleep and Death: the Reception of Homer by Nikos Kazantzakis”, 2011 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Scottsdale, AZ. 
“Genetic Divergence over a temporal separation in bathyal depth species Deminucula atacellana”, 2008 University of Massachusetts Boston Annual Summer Poster Symposium: REUs in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology, Boston, MA.


2012: M.A., Classics with an emphasis in Philology, University of Arizona
2010: Sc.B., Biology and A.B. (Hons.), Classics, magna cum laude, Brown University