My research and teaching are in the field of Reception Studies, that is to say the study and the implications of ancient texts and materials moving outside their own spatial, temporal, social or cultural contexts, from antiquity to the modern period. I was trained both as a classicist (B.A. Cambridge, 1996) and a comparatist and modern linguist (M.Phil Cambridge, 1997; D.Phil, Oxford, 2002), with a special focus on the literatures and intellectual histories of Germany and Modern Greece.
My first book Placing Modern Greece. The Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840 (Oxford University Press, 2008) examined the effect of Greece as a modern, national entity on its literary representations, arguing that Idealist readings of the Greek landscape were in a structural dialogue with Greece's material presence. My current, second book project, Greek Lives. German Classical Scholarship and the Language of Attachment, 1790-1920, is on German classical scholarship in the long nineteenth century, asking about the rhetorical strategies and the guiding images used by classicists to describe and develop their scholarly practices. My interests in the history of scholarship and in reading scholarly writings as primary literature involve issues of Romantic aesthetics, translation, disciplinarity, nationalism and transnationalism, hermeneutics, philology, biography ancient and modern, and the history of emotions.
I have published articles on European Philhellenism and Romanticism; the history of classical scholarship in Greece, Germany and America; Modern Greek literature from Solomos to Seferis; the biographical as a scientific parameter; and the relation between knowledge and affects. I am also an Associate Editor of the recently established Classical Receptions Journal, published by Oxford University Press.
With my colleague brooke Holmes I co-direct a multi-year project on Postclassicisms involving colleagues at Oxford, Cambridge, London, Pisa, Sydney, and the University of California. The project is sponsored through the a Global International Network Fund of the Office for International Teaching and Research at Princeton: http://www.princeton.edu/international/doc/Holmes-Guthenke_Postclassicisms_PR.pdf
Thanks to my joint appointment with the Program in Hellenic Studies, I have been teaching, and occasionally co-teaching, a wide range of usually cross-listed courses. I am teaching ancient Greek language and literature on all levels (from introductory Greek to Plato's Symposium), as well as a regular course on Topics in the Classical Tradition, which has, among other subject themes, covered Modern Greece between East and West; Homer after Antiquity; and Classical Texts and African-American Writing. My graduate courses include seminars on Classical Scholarship and/as Reception; a History of Homeric Scholarship; Biography Ancient and Modern; and the Classical Tradition between the Renaissance and Romanticism.