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Fontaine, Michael Scott

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

email:
phone: 607/255-5541
room: Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 121

Department Appointments

  • Classics (CLASS)
  • Dean of Faculty Office

Graduate Fields

  • Classics

Keywords

Latin Literature

Research

Courses

Spring 2014 Office Hours:
M 1:30-2:30, and by appointment

Spring 2014
Roman Letters (LATIN 2206)

Fall 2013
Roman Epic (LATIN 3201)
Advanced Readings in Latin Literature (LATIN 4201)

Fall 2012
Roman Comedy: Plautus (LATIN 3207)

Spring 2012
Graduate Seminar in Latin: Sallust's Bellum Catilinae (LATIN 7272)

Fall 2011
Paranoia and Conspiracy (CLASS 2632/COML 2632)
Survey of Latin Literature (LATIN 4203)

Spring 2010
Graduate Seminar in Latin: Lucretius (CLASS 7272)

Fall 2009
Roman Poetry (LATIN 3203)
Advanced Readings in Latin Literature (LATIN 4201)

Spring 2009
Paranoia and Conspiracy (CLASS 2632)
Advanced Readings in Latin Literature (LATIN 4202)

Fall 2008
Greek Prose (GREEK 2101)
Survey of Latin Literature (LATIN 4203)

Selected Publications

Newer major publications:

2014. (ed., tr.) Joannes Burmeister:  Aulularia, Fragments of Mater-Virgo, and other inversions of Plautus.  Leuven University Press (Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae).

Joannes Burmeister of Lüneburg (1576-1638) was among the greatest Neo-Latin poets of the German Baroque. His masterpieces, now mostly lost, are Christian ‘inversions’ of the classical Roman comedies of Plautus. With only minimal changes in language and none in meter, each transforms Plautus’ pagan plays into comedies based on biblical themes. Singular Renaissance curiosities in their day, they have since been entirely forgotten.  This volume offers the first critical edition of the newly discovered Aulularia (1629), which exists in a sole copy, and the fragments of Mater-Virgo (1621), which adapts Plautus’ Amphitryo to show the Nativity of Jesus. The introduction offers reconstructions of Susanna (based on Casina) and Asinaria (1625), his two lost or unpublished inversions of Plautus. It also provides the only biography of Burmeister based on archival sources, along with discussions of his inimitable Latinity and the perilous context of war and witch burning in which he wrote. Scholars of early modern literature will take special interest in the poetic German plot summaries (also translated), while students of the Thirty Years War or Holy Roman Empire will want to add Burmeister's views on military abuses to those of Grimmelshausen's Simplicius Simplicissimus.

2014. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy. Co-edited with Adele Scafuro.  Oxford University Press.

2014. ‘Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Comedy:  Menander’s Kolax in Three Roman Receptions (Naevius, Plautus, and Terence’s Eunuchus),’ in Ancient Comedy and Reception. Essays etc. De Gruyter.

2014. ‘The Reception of Greek Comedy in Rome,’ in The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy.

2013. ‘On Being Sane in an Insane Place—the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus,’ Current Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12144-013-9188-z.

2010. Funny Words in Plautine Comedy. Oxford University Press.

For older, minor, and forthcoming publications, see http://cornell.academia.edu/MichaelFontaine