James Porter

James Porter

Title
Irving G. Stone Professor in Literature
Department
Dept of Classics
Dept of Rhetoric
Research Expertise and Interest
Classical Studies, philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Auerbach
Research Description

My teaching and research has followed a few different trajectories. One is a study of Nietzsche's thought, early and late. Another is a study of models of aesthetic sensation, perception, and experience in ancient Greece and Rome. My most recent book is The Sublime in Antiquity (Cambridge 2016). It received the C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit from The Society for Classical Studies (2017). My next book, on the invention and reception of Homer from antiquity into the present, will be called Homer: The Very Idea  (under contract with University of Chicago Press). Future and ongoing projects include an edition of Philodemus' "On Poems" (Bk. 5); a long book-essay on the problem of life from Lucretius to Freud; and a book tentatively called "Other Selves: Plato to Foucault." I will also be rounding out two trilogies, on ancient aesthetics and on Nietzsche, with two further titles, "Literary Aesthetics After Arisotle" and "The Seductions of Metaphysics: Nietzsche's Final Philosophy." All of these topics spill over into my teaching, and many of them have begun their life there, because I find that the classroom is one of the most productive places you can ever be.

In the News

April 12, 2019

Five Berkeleyans among 2019 Guggenheim winners

Five UC Berkeley professors are among this year’s 168 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious fellowships recognize scholars with impressive achievements who also show promise in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts.

In the News

April 12, 2019

Five Berkeleyans among 2019 Guggenheim winners

Five UC Berkeley professors are among this year’s 168 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious fellowships recognize scholars with impressive achievements who also show promise in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts.

Featured in the Media

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
April 17, 2019
Five Berkeley professors have won John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships this year. The honor recognizes highly accomplished scholars who show exceptional promise in the creative arts and humanities. The Berkeley honorees are associate history professor Brian DeLay for U.S. history; history professor James Vernon for European and Latin American history; art history professor Julia Bryan-Wilson for fine arts research; English and journalism professor Mark Danner for general nonfiction; and literature, rhetoric and classics professor James Porter for classics. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News. Another story on this topic appeared in Art & Education.
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