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Critical theory, philosophy, rhetoric; classics and classical influences; architecture and sculpture


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Harvard University (1992)

M.A., Comparative Literature, Harvard University (1986)

B.A., Comparative Literature, Princeton University (1984)



The Accident Waiting to Happen.  Sharjah Art Foundation, 2015.

The End of Meaning: Studies in Catastrophe.  Cambridge Scholars
Publishing, 2012.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing Book of the Month,
August 2015.

Grafting Helen: The Abduction of the Classical Past.  University of
Wisconsin Press, 2001.

Refereed Journal Articles:

“A Note on C. P. Cavafy’s ‘Ἐν τῷ Μηνὶ Ἀθὺρ’”; forthcoming in Les Études
Classiques (2021).

“The Hollow Men: Towards a Zombie Semiotics”; The Journal of Popular
Culture 53.2 (2020), 303-26.

“Necrosemiosis: The CSI Effect”; Semiotica: Journal of the International
Association for Semiotic Studies/Revue de l Association Internationale
de Sémiotique 222 (May 2018), 241-85.

“Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts: Metaphors as Viruses in Discourses on the
Greek Crisis”; Journal of Greek Media & Culture 3.1 (2017), 31-52.

“I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane, Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back Again:
Charlie Victor Romeo as Classical Tragedy”; Contemporary Theater Review
17.2 (2007), 165-180; indexed in AHCI.

“Supplementarity and the Sonnet: A Reading of Ronsard’s Les Amours
Diverses 45”; French Forum 30.3 (2005), 17-42; indexed in AHCI.

“Keats’ ‘To Haydon, With a Sonnet Written on Seeing the Elgin Marbles,’
and ‘On Seeing the Elgin Marbles’”; The Explicator 58.1 (1999), 19-22;
indexed in AHCI.

“Venus de Kitsch: Or, The Passion of the Venus de Milo”; Criticism 41.2
(1999), 155-85; indexed in AHCI.
“Freedom Within the Margin: The Café in the Poetry of Cavafy”; Journal
of Modern Greek Studies 9 (1991), 215-235; indexed in AHCI.

Book Chapters:

“The Sublime Monster: Frankenstein, or The Modern Pandora.”  In
Frankenstein and Its Classics: The Modern Prometheus from Antiquity to
Science Fiction.  Ed. B. E. Stevens et al.  Bloomsbury Studies in
Classical Reception. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.  102-20.

“Regime Change: Semiotic Tyranny and Dissent in The Scarlet Letter.”  In
No!  In Whispers: The Rhetoric of Dissent in American Writing. Ed.
Michele Bottalico.  Vol. 11 of Critical Perspectives on English and
American Literature, Communication and Culture.  Bern: Peter Lang, 2018.

“Notes Toward a Canon of the Statue in Turkey.” In Balkan Literatures in
the Era of Nationalism, ed. Murat Belge and Jale Parla. Istanbul:
Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2009. 323-336.

“Hybridity’s End.” In Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar
Galactica, ed. Tiffany Potter and C.W. Marshall. New York: Continuum
International Publishing, 2008. 143-155.

“‘Everyway That I Can’: Auto-Orientalism at Eurovision 2003.” In A Song
for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest,
ed. Ivan Raykoff and Robert Deam Tobin. Vermont: Ashgate Publishing,
2007. 147-157.

CV – Gumpert