Joshua Billings, Princeton University

Assistant Professor Princeton, New Jersey jhbillings@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-3959

Bio/Research

I studied Classics, German, and Comparative Literature at Harvard and Oxford. Before coming to Princeton in 2015, I held a research fellowship at Cambridge, and taught at Yale for three years.
My research focuses on ancient Greek literature and philosophy and modern intellectual history, with...


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Bio/Research

I studied Classics, German, and Comparative Literature at Harvard and Oxford. Before coming to Princeton in 2015, I held a research fellowship at Cambridge, and taught at Yale for three years.
My research focuses on ancient Greek literature and philosophy and modern intellectual history, with a particular concentration on tragedy. After a first book on modern conceptions of tragedy and the tragic (Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy, Princeton 2014), I am now working on fifth-century (BCE) drama and intellectual culture. The project is provisionally entitled “Enlightenment on Stage” and it focuses on drama's presentation of mythical figures as a reflection of the so-called “Attic Enlightenment.” Dramatic and (broadly) philosophical texts alike, I argue, use the stories of myth to explore common conceptual issues; unfolding this entails a method that recognizes the distinctive significance that myth has for thought in fifth-century culture.
I have taught courses on ancient Greek language, literature, and philosophy, modern intellectual history and critical theory, and the tragic tradition from antiquity to the present. I am always happy to hear from students who share any of these interests.


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