Dr Kate Cook
I studied for my PhD at the University of Reading, and then taught at the University of Manchester for 2 years before moving to Leeds in 2018.
My research focuses on language and gender in tragedy. My PhD thesis looked at the use of praise and blame in tragedy as a method of identity construction for 'heroic' male characters, and the destructive ways in which the tragic wives of heroes manipulate praise and blame. Since then, I have been working on the intersection of power and gender in establishing 'female' linguistic behaviours on the tragic stage. I am also interested in the interactions between (archaic) Greek poetry, including choral poetry, and tragedy; women's speech in Apollonius' Argonautica; and theoretical approaches to Classical texts.
As part of my work on the Women's Classical Committee Wikipedia initiative, I have recently also been exploring the history of women's scholarship in the Classics.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I primarily teach modules on Greek literature and Greek and Latin language at undergraduate level, and some additional sessions on Latin literature at postgraduate level.
Research groups and institutes
- Theatre, Music and Performance
- Classics and Ancient History