Jamie Wheeler

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Language and Literature.

I grew up in Katy, Texas, and graduated from Baylor University in May 2019, receiving a B.A. in the University Scholars Program with concentrations in Classics, German, and Renaissance & Early Modern Studies. Primarily a classicist during my undergraduate years, I have nevertheless always been intrigued by the intersection between the classical and early modern worlds. I wanted to explore the complex relationships of influence and interpretation that shaped not only early modern culture but also our contemporary understanding of the classical world. At York, I will draw on my classical training as I approach this intersection from the other side, studying under some of the world’s foremost experts on early modern literature. My M.A. dissertation will focus on how English republican writers of the seventeenth century used and interpreted the Roman poet Lucan. I enjoy writing and have published both scholarly articles and poetry, including a forthcoming article in Classical Philology. On a lighter note, I enjoy sewing, reading, and music and one of my personal goals while at York is to learn Scottish country dancing. Long-term, I plan to earn a Ph.D. and become a college professor, either in Classics or English. In either case, I anticipate keeping a foot in both fields through my research and teaching.