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Philip Walsh

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

Ph.D.  Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2008

A.M.  Comparative Literature, Brown University, 2005

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


ENG - Literature and Composition  /  Foundations of Western Literature II  /  Introduction to Drama  /  A Literature of Ideas (cross-listed in HMN, ILC, and PHL) / Ancient Greek and Roman Drama (cross-listed in DRA) / Tragic Visions

FLS - Elementary Greek I and II  /  Elementary Latin I and II

HIS - The Persian Wars  /  The Rise and Fall of Periclean Athens  / Rome: Republic, Empire, and Receptions [all for the graduate program]

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 and was awarded The Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize. He has traveled extensively through Greece, Italy, and Great Britain, and studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA).

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). He is currently editing  Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes , which will be published in 2016.

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. Walsh graduated 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.


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

“Henry Fleeming Jenkin” and “Renaissance and Modern Schools” (the latter with Matthew Steggle), The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, ed. Alan Sommerstein (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2015)

Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts,” a blog post for Johns Hopkins University Press (March 2015)

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

“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, eds. Peter France and Kenneth Haynes, (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Presentations (since 2011)

Remaking College: Some Reflections on the Liberal Arts,” a lecture sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (October 2014)

“The Reception of Aristophanes: When Does Old Comedy Become Modern?” lecture and discussion, Department of Classical Studies, The College of William and Mary (October 2014)

“Aristophanes in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture,” panel on the modern reception of ancient Greek drama, American Comparative Literature Association, New York University (March 2014)

“Bringing the Classics to Life for our Students,” interview with Classics Confidential (May 2014) 

“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 WC-ALL (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 [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)


Honors And Affiliations

Society for Classical Studies

American Comparative Literature Association

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