Emma Roalsvig

Graduate Student
HSSB 4059


I first fell in love with Classics while taking Latin and reading mythology in high school. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with my BA in English Literature and MA in Classics. My academic pursuits lie in the reception of classical literature in late medieval and early Italian Renaissance, as well as reinterpretations and adaptions of classical mythology in modern queer literature and theater. My Master’s thesis researches the queer undertones of Orpheus’ backwards glance, studying his characterization in classical sources and comparing it to queer poetry and film in modern reception. I am drawn to representations of subordinate characters: how the thoughts and actions of female and transgender characters are described by the inherent biases of their male authors. I hope to help challenge the male, elitist rhetoric in classical scholarship by continuing work to diversify the depth and spectrum of gender studies in ancient literature during my graduate studies.