Dorota Dutsch

Associate Professor
HSSB 4055
Office Hours:
T/R, 10:00-11:30am
Curriculum Vitae:


Dorota Dutsch, Associate Professor of Classics, has an MA from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) and a PhD (2000) from McGill University (Canada). She has taught at the Jagiellonian University, Université de Montréal, and worked as exchange scholar at the Conseil National de la Recherche Scientifique (France). Professor Dutsch’s research focuses on social performance (comprising anything from comedy to funeral rites).

She has published on Plautine jokes, pharmacology of seduction, Hipparcha the Cynic philosopher, the language of gesture, and illustrations of Carolingian manuscripts. Her current book project explores the ways in which the literary figures of women philosophers, especially that of Pythagoras’s wife Theano, engaged with ancient ideas about the gender of knowledge.

Graduate supervision: Dorota Dutsch welcomes inquiries from prospective students on Roman Drama, gender studie, especially biography of female philosophers, and reception.



  • In Progress – Enduring Fictions: The Female Pythagorean in Greek Intellectual Tradition
  • Blackwell Companion to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe, co-edited with Zara M. Torlone and Dana Munteanu, forthcoming from Wiley Blackwell in March 2017
  • Fall of Cities in the Mediterranean: Commemoration in Literature, Folksong, and Liturgy, co-edited with Mary Bachvarova and Ann Suter; Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2016.
  • Ancient Obscenities, co-edited with Ann Suter; University of Michigan Press, forthcoming in Fall 2015.
  • Women in Republican Roman Drama, co-edited with Sharon L. James and David Konstan. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.
  • Feminine Discourses in Roman Comedy: On Echoes and Voices. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Selected Articles & Reviews

  • Nenia: Gender and Genre in the Roman Lament” in Ann Suter (ed.) Lament Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean, Oxford University Press, 2008: 258-279.
  • “On Mothers and Whores: Gender in Roman Comedy;” in Martin Dinter (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016.
  • “How to do Things with Words—and pictures;” in Stavros Frangulidis, Stephen Harrison, and Gesine Manuwald (eds.), Proceedings of The Eighth Trends in Classics Conference, Thessaloniki 2014; Walter deGruyter 2015 (forthcoming).
  • “Projecting Lysistra: Aristophanes and Political Activism;” in Kathryn Bosher, Justine McConnell, Fiona Macintosh, and Patrice Rankine (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas. Oxford University Press, 2015: 575-594.
  • Dog-Love-Dog: Kynogamia and the Cynics’ Sexual Ethics;” in Mark Masteron, Nancy S. Rabinowitz, and James Robson (eds), Sex in Antiquity: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World. Routledge, 2015: 245-259.
  • “The Language of Gesture in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Terence” Gesture 2007: 2 (39-70).
  • “Roman Pharmacology: Plautus’ blanda venenaGreece and Rome 2005 52 2 (205-220).
  • “Female Furniture: A Note on Plautus’ Poenulus 1146,” Classical Quarterly 54: 2004 (625-30)