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Philip Walsh

Visiting Assistant Professor of English; Instructor of Latin and Ancient Greek

Ph.D. Brown University, Comparative Literature, 2008

A.M. Brown University, Comparative Literature, 2005

B.A. College of William and Mary, Classical Studies, 1999

Professional Experience

Professor Walsh joined the Washington College faculty in 2008. He taught previously at Brown University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a prize-winning dissertation on the modern reception of Aristophanes. He has studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)and traveled extensively through Greece, Italy, and Great Britain.

Walsh is a broadly trained comparatist whose teaching interests include drama of all periods, ancient Greek and Roman literature, the classical languages, and the prose fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro. His research focuses on the reception of the classics in various modern contexts (e.g., in translation and in visual illustration).

At Washington College, Walsh teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses for the Departments of English, Modern Languages, and History. He has supervised a number of Senior Capstone Experiences on authors like Aeschylus and Virginia Woolf. In the fall of 2009, he offered a seminar on the plays of Sophocles for the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL). Walsh graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He currently serves as President of the Theta of Maryland, Washington College’s chapter of PBK.

Courses Taught

  • Literature and Composition
  • Foundations of Western Literature II
  • Introduction to Drama
  • A Literature of Ideas
  • Elementary Latin I and II
  • Introduction to Ancient Greek I and II
  • The Persian Wars
  • The Rise and Fall of Periclean Athens
  • Rome: Republic, Empire, and Receptions  


Selected Publications And Presentations

Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, under contract with Brill (forthcoming 2016)

“Lysistrata’s Modern Illustrators: Beardsley, Lindsay, and Picasso,” Comparative Drama Conference, Stevenson University (April 2013)

“‘Call No Man Happy’: What Literature and Art Can Teach Us about What It Means to be Human,” a lecture sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (March 2013) 

“Preserving the Classics at a Small Liberal Arts College,” panel on the modern reception of the classics, American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University (March 2012)

“Plato’s Euthyphro” and “Borges’ Ficciones,” three lectures and discussions for Washington College’s Partners in Philosophy, Jessup Correctional Institution, July and August 2011  read full story here… Additional Press: Washington Post 1 September 2011 (online and print)

“A Possession for All Time: Why Ancient Greek Drama Matters,” a lecture sponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College (February 2011)

“Great Wars and Great Plays: Ancient Athens, Tragedy, and Comedy,” a lecture and discussion for the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (November 2010); and Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (May 2011)

“A Study in Reception: The British Debates over Aristophanes’ Politics and Influence,” Classical Receptions Journal 1(1), Oxford University Press (2009): 55-72

“Euripides, Karen Hartman, and the Trojan Women,” a lecture and discussion with the cast and crew of Washington College’s production of Troy Women (October 2009)

“Aubrey Beardsley: Reader and Critic of the Lysistrata,” conference on the Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama, Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London (June 2008)

“English Translations of the Plays of Aristophanes, 1651-1800: A Review and Analysis,” Genre 27 (2007): 223-234

Biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Francis Howes, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Thomas Taylor, Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, Volume 4: 1790-1900, Oxford University Press (2006)


Honors And Affiliations

American Philological Association

Modern Language Association

The Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize, Brown University, 2008

Albert Spaulding Cook Prize in Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2007

The William Johnson Hogan Prize for Excellence in Classical Studies, 1999

Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Virginia, 1999