Texas Tech University

David Larmour

Horn Professor, Classics


David H. J. Larmour (Ph.D. in Classical Philology, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Classics at Texas Tech and Honorary Professor of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He has particular interests in Greek athletics & the Roman arena, Greek and Roman satire, lyric poetry, narrative theory, and comparative literature. Although grounded in classical philology, his research takes in display and representation of the body in text and space; the ideological underpinnings of competition, exile, memory and nostalgia; and the re-imagining of the classical past in the modern era.

He has published on Euripides, Corinna, Plutarch, Lucian, Ovid and Juvenal, as well as on Nabokov and Dostoyevsky. His first book, Stage and Stadium: Drama and Athletics in Ancient Greece, was published by Weidmann Press in 1999. He is also the co-author with A. Georgiadou of Lucian's Science Fiction Novel, True Histories (Leiden: Brill, 1998), an interpretation and commentary of that work. He has edited volumes on Rethinking Sexuality: Foucault and Classical Antiquity (Princeton), Russian Literature and the Classics (Routledge), and Discourse and Ideology in Nabokov's Prose (Routledge). A volume called The Sites of Rome: Time, Space, Memory, co-edited with Diana Spencer, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.

His latest book, The Arena of Satire: Juvenal's Search for Rome (Oklahoma 2016), looks at the connections between satire and the Roman arena, and the "modern Juvenalians" of the 20th century. He is now engaged in writing a monograph on these writers (including Evelyn Waugh, Viktor Pelevin, Martin McDonagh and Michel Houellebecq) and a survey of the genre of Juvenalian Satire in modern times. Other projects include a second book with Diana Spencer, on topography and narrative in Ovid's Metamorphoses, and a study of the portrayal of women in Nabokov's King, Queen, Knave.

In 1997, Dr. Larmour co-founded, with Paul Allen Miller, the journal INTERTEXTS, which publishes articles of comparative and theoretical reflection, and served as editor for 10 years. He also edited special issues on The Literature of Exploration, Landscapes of Desire and Nabokov's Novels. Since December 2007, he has been the editor of The American Journal of Philology, the oldest classical journal in North America, founded by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve in 1880.

Dr. Larmour has given a number of invited lectures at various universities, including Birmingham and London in the UK, Paris IV (Sorbonne), Geneva, Maynooth, Budapest, Western Ontario and Singapore, as well as in the United States at Columbia, S. Carolina, Penn State, Oklahoma, Baylor, UT San Antonio and McNeese State. Most recently, he presented papers at La Représentation du Loser, an international event co-organized with Carole Edwards and Starra Priestaf at TTU, and at the Classics and Irish Politics, 1916-2016 conference held in June 2016, at the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College, Dublin.


Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures