Beth Harper is a literary scholar who works across Classical and Renaissance European Literature and, premodern Chinese Literature and Thought. Her manuscript entitled The Lost Children of European Tragedy constitutes a wide-ranging study of the figure of the child (specifically, the lost or dead child) in the tragic tradition from classical antiquity to the early-modern period. Bringing together poststructuralist and feminist critiques about ideology, issues of psychoanalysis, and an interest in form and aesthetics, it argues for a new paradigm of tragedy and tragic desire. Beth’s next project will explore rural and pastoral motifs in European and Chinese lyric. Beginning with Horace and Tao Yuanming, the project will radiate out to include other representative lyric poets of the European and Chinese lyrical traditions in order to consider how lyric’s reflection on the human and natural worlds figures differently on opposite sides of Eurasia. In contrast to her tragedy book which explores filiation between works within one tradition, this project will compare precisely that elite canonical poetry that did not travel beyond its own cultural sphere.




Elizabeth Harper (2017) “And men ne'er spend their fury on a child” – killing children in Shakespeare's early histories, Shakespeare, 13:3, 193-209, DOI: 10.1080/17450918.2016.1144639



Last updated: 19 September 2018