Ellen Finkelpearl

Professor of Classics
Helen Chandler Garland Professor of Ancient Studies

Department: Classics
Office Address: Balch 305
Office Phone: (909) 607-3048
Ellen Finkelpearl

Academic History

  • B.A. Princeton University
  • M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University

Personal Interests

Latin literature, in particular Apuleius and the Roman novel, cultural contacts in antiquity, ancient animals, gender

Selected Research and Publications

  • Apuleius and Africa, edited, with Ben Lee and Luca Graverini, forthcoming, Routledge.
  • An Apuleius Reader, Selections from the Metamorphoses, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2012.
  • “A Review of Scholarship on Apuleius’ Metamorphoses 1970-1998,”  Lustrum vol. 42 (2000) with Carl Schlam (covering over 500 annotated items).
  • Metamorphosis of Language in Apuleius: a study of allusion in the Novel, University of Michigan Press 1998.


Awards and Honors

  • Mellon 23 grant for Oberlin conference “Apuleius and Africa” 2009-10
  • Mary Wig Johnson Faculty Achievement Award (scholarship), Scripps College (1999,2001)
  • NEH Summer Seminar: ""Imitation, Influence, Inspiration: The Theory and Practice of Artistic Relations in the Renaissance,"" Leonard Barkan, University of Michigan, Director (1991)
  • Athwin Faculty Development Grant (1992)
  • Sabbatical Research Grant, Scripps College (2004)

Courses Taught

  • Beginning and Intermediate Greek and Latin
  • Latin Prose Composition
  • Advanced Latin, Greek (various authors)
  • Senior Seminar in Classics
  • Graduate Seminar (Apuleius)
  • Comparative Literature: The Western Literary Tradition

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