Leah Whittington, Ph.D.,
Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature
Leah Whittington received her B.A. in Classics and English from Harvard University in 2002 and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2011. Her research interests are in Latin Literature, Classical Tradition and Reception, and Early Modern English Literature. Leah's current book project explores the interaction of rhetoric, ethics, and politics in Early Modern literature through the reception of classical scenes of supplication in authors from Petrarch to Milton. She argues that Renaissance authors use the structure of classical supplication scenes to articulate ideas about the relationship between people and their government, the role of emotion in judgment, the place of mercy in justice, and the dynamic interaction between the reader and the writer of a text. Other ongoing projects include articles on Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Homer in the Renaissance, as well as an edition and translation for the I Tatti Renaissance Library called Latin Novels of the Quattrocento. Her next book, Supplementing the Classics, examines post-classical continuations of ancient works and the ethics of literary imitation.
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