Dr Adam Lecznar


After completing my PhD at UCL in 2013 I spent three years at the University of Bristol as the A. G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ancient Greek Studies. I then taught various subjects in Greek and Latin language and literature at UCL, Royal Holloway and Oxford prior to taking up this post at Leeds in September 2019. 

Research interests

My research is focused on exploring the varieties of classical reception in literature and philosophy during the 19th and 20th centuries. My PhD was on the Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and his 1973 adaptation of Euripides’ Bacchae, with a particular focus on the role of Friedrich Nietzsche in informing twentieth-century attitudes towards ancient Greece and tragedy. I have developed this into my forthcoming monograph entitled Dionysus after Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy in twentieth-century literature and thought (CUP, 2020). I am also interested in postcolonial receptions of ancient Greek literature, and have co-edited a forthcoming volume on Classicisms in the Black Atlantic (OUP, 2020) to which I have contributed an essay on the Martinican poet-politican Aimé Césaire and his tragic dramas. I have published elsewhere on Nietzsche, Joyce and the reception of Hesiod, and I have chapters forthcoming on the Presocratics and Kittlerian media theory, Aristophanes in Nietzsche and Freud and the classicism of Alejo Carpentier. 

<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>


  • PhD Classics, UCL 2013
  • MPhil Classics, Cambridge 2010
  • BA (Hons) Classics, UCL 2009

Student education

This year I will be teaching across the department’s Greek and Latin language provision, while also teaching subjects including Homer, the connections between race and the discipline of classics and on a variety of different courses.