Professor Anne Sheppard

Research interests

My research interests centre round the interaction between philosophy and literature.  After studying ‘Greats’, i.e. Classics and Philosophy, at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, I did an Oxford DPhil on the literary theory of the Neoplatonist philosopher, Proclus.  This led me to work on other aspects of Neoplatonism and in particular to an interest in Neoplatonic psychology and philosophy of mind.  I have published on both ancient and modern aesthetics, as well as on Neoplatonism.  My latest book, The Poetics of Phantasia:  Imagination in Ancient Aesthetics, dealing with the ancient concept of imagination in relation to literature and art, appeared in March 2014.  I am now starting on a new research project, on views of drama in post-Aristotelian Greek philosophy.  I taught Philosophy at Oxford, then Classics at the University of Durham and Philosophy at the Open University before coming to Royal Holloway in 1989.  I have supervised PhD students working on Plato, on Hellenistic philosophy and on Neoplatonism.  My current undergraduate and MA teaching ranges over Greek language and literature, ancient literary criticism and ancient philosophy and I am a member of the team which teaches for Royal Holloway’s Philosophy programmes within the Department of Politics and International Relations.  I am happy to give talks to schools both about studying Classics and Classical Studies at University and on ancient philosophy.

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