Constanze Güthenke

  • University of Oxford
  • Department of Classics
  • Associate Professor of Classics

Constanze Güthenke is Associate Professor of Classics and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, where she has taught since 2003. By training and inclination she is both a classicist and a comparatist (BA Classics, Cambridge 1996; MPhil European Literature, Cambridge 1997; DPhil Modern Languages, Oxford 2002). Her first book, Placing Modern Greece: The Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism 1770-1840 (Oxford UP, 2008) asked about the changing representations in Hellenism, particularly in German and Modern Greek literary works, when the Greek nation state became a political and material reality from the turn of the nineteenth century. She has maintained a strong interest in the structures of Romantic aesthetics and the European networks of knowing Greece inside and outside of the academy.

Her second book project Greek Lives: German Classical Scholarship and the Language of Attachment, 1790-1920 (Cambridge UP, forthcoming) is a project in the history of scholarship from the point of literary and rhetorical analysis, reading scholarly works as primary literature. Questions of the history and representation of emotion, and the role of the biographical play a particularly strong part in this project, as does the link between intellectual history and the current status of the Humanities.

In the future she is hoping to extend her research on different national and institutional traditions of classical scholarship (in Germany, Greece, America, and the UK) to larger questions about the transnational migration, voluntary or forced, of what scholars know and the ways they work. She is also a founding Associate Editor of the Classical Receptions Journal (Oxford UP).