Basil Dufallo

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Basil Dufallo

Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Office Location(s): 2130 Tisch Hall
Phone: 734.615.0925
Fax: 734.763.4959
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Classical Studies, Comparative Literature
  • Fields of Study
    • Areas of research: Latin Literature
    • Roman Culture
    • Text and Image
    • Performance Studies
    • Classical Reception   Languages: Ancient Greek, Latin
  • About

    Areas of research: Latin Literature; Roman Culture; Text and Image; Performance Studies; Classical Reception  

    Basil Dufallo received the Ph.D. in Classics from UCLA in 1999 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2001. He is the author of The Ghosts of the Past: Latin Literature, the Dead, and Rome’s Transition to a Principate (The Ohio State University Press, 2007) and The Captor’s Image: Greek Culture in Roman Ecphrasis (Oxford University Press, 2013) and has edited, with Peggy McCracken, Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Additional publications include articles on Latin literature and Roman culture. He is the recipient of a Faculty Fellowship at U-M’s Institute for the Humanities (2010-11) and is active in the American Philological Association. Ongoing projects include a book on errores in republican Latin poetry. Teaching interests in Classics include undergraduate courses on Roman civilization and undergraduate and graduate courses at all levels on Latin literature. Teaching interests in Comparative Literature include undergraduate courses on Text and Image as well as War and Homecoming and a graduate seminar on Language and Healing: Ancient and Modern Perspectives.

    Select Publications:

    • The Captor’s Image: Greek Culture in Roman Ecphrasis. Oxford University Press, 2013. Link to OUP informational page.
    • The Ghosts of the Past: Latin Literature, the Dead, and Rome’s Transition to a Principate. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2007.
    • Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe, edited with Peggy McCracken.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.
    • “Reception and Receptivity in Catullus 64,” Cultural Critique 74 (2010) 98-113, special volume on “Classical Reception and the Political,” ed. Miriam Leonard and Yopie Prins.
    • “Ecphrasis and Cultural Identification in Petronius’ Art Gallery,” Word & Image 23 (2007) 290-304.
    • “Propertius and the Blindness of Affect,” in Dead Lovers, ed. Dufallo and McCracken, 22-38.
    • “The Roman Elegist’s Dead Lover or The Drama of the Desiring Subject,” Phoenix 59 (2005) 112-20.
    • “Words Born and Made: Horace’s Defense of Neologisms and the Cultural Poetics of Latin,” Arethusa 38 (2005) 89-101.
    • “Propertian Elegy as ‘Restored Behavior’: Evoking Cynthia and Cornelia,” Helios 30.2 (2003) 163-79.

    Reviews of The Captor's Image:


  • Education
    • B.A., '92, Yale
    • Ph.D., '99, UCLA