Dr Kate Cook

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. 

Research interests

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. 

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

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
  • Classics
  • Classics and Ancient History