Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
Rank: Assistant Professor
Work currently in progress, or about to be begun, along with indication of when the project is likely to culminate and what form it will take:
My research on the perception and reception of Roman garden space currently addresses the relationship between bodies and environmental constructs, and the interaction between garden space and sexuality. In particular, I’m focusing on the presence of the hermaphrodite body in Roman domestic garden and the dynamics of im/emplacement between viewed and viewing bodies. I am currently revising a paper on the subject for publication under the working title “Garden Hybrids: Hermaphrodite Space in the Roman House”.
I will be contributing my work on erotic space in Columella as part of the ‘Space in the Ancient World’ seminar series at the University of Exeter, UK in 2010. The results of this series are intended for publication by the University of Exeter Press.
I have also been invited to submit the entries for “Columella”, “Horticulture”, and “Roman Landscapes”, in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2010). My review of F. Giacobello (2008) Larari pompeiani. Iconografia e culto dei Lari in ambito domestico (Milano LED, 2008), will appear in the Journal of Roman Archaeology in June 2010.
My next major project, starting in 2010, will research the reception of Roman villa gardens as cultural artefacts in late 19th and early 20th century Europe and America. I focus on the period from 1873 to 1974, framing it with two related events: Henry James’ visit to Rome in 1873 and the opening of the J. Paul Getty Museum Villa in 1974. This study explores the intersection between the visual language of classical gardened landscapes and ‘New World’ ideology as a vehicle for contemporary self-representation and dialectical experience. Individually, these residences are curiosities, but as a group they form an interpretive framework for the representation and reception of ‘Antiquity’ to project a message of personal and national ascendancy. My intention is to publish the results as a monograph.
As an ongoing project, I am involved in organising Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning, a biannual event that explores connective aspects of environmental culture: landscape architecture, literature, art, history and urban design. The next Greenscapes will be in 2011.
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Areas of Research Interest (in brief):
Roman History, Ancient Environment, Roman gardens, American gardens, space theory, Latin epistolary tradition, Graeco-Roman food and dining rituals.