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Boris Shoshitaishvili

Boris is a 2nd year graduate student in the Comparative Literature PhD program. His primary interests in ancient Greek and Latin literature (especially Homer and Archaic Greek poetry) inform his study of later traditions. His Master’s thesis investigated the adaptations of Greek mythic figures in the 20th century epic of Nikos Kazantzakis and the philosophical treatise of his contemporary Albert Camus. His subjects of inquiry have been philosophically-minded authors and literary-minded philosophers. Right now he is exploring different approaches to epic—as a literary genre, an effect, an aesthetic experience of wholeness, an expression of everyday slang. Before beginning his PhD at Stanford, Boris taught English and Latin in a private high school in Istanbul, Turkey.


His conference presentations include:


“The Maker of Plots: Classicizing Borges”, 2012 American Comparative Literature Association Seminar, Providence, RI. (March 2012)


Thanatos to Charos: A Modern Greek Author’s Adaptation of Death in Antiquity”, 2011 Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, New York, NY. (October 2011)


“Sleep and Death: the Reception of Homer by Nikos Kazantzakis”, 2011 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Scottsdale, AZ. (October 2011)