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Dylan Kenny
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My dissertation focuses on the points of contact between archaic lyric poetry and early Greek philosophy, especially in the case of Pindar. 

I am also interested in the history of the interpretation of classical texts; current projects in this field include a translation with commentary of Nietzsche's 1869 inaugural lecture at Basel, and a paper on Machiavelli's Life of Castruccio Castracani (1520) as a re-writing of Xenophon's Cyropaedia

Beyond the classical tradition, I am invested in the history and practice of criticism more broadly. In 2018, I edited a volume of the aesthetic writings of the Victorian polymath Vernon Lee; before that, I co-produced an oral history of the American sculptor Jason Rhoades (1965-2006).


I grew up in the Central Valley of California. After two years at Deep Springs College, I took a BA in Humanities from Yale. Before coming to Berkeley, I was a Paul Mellon Fellow at Cambridge, where I received an MPhil (with distinction) in Early Modern History, and another in Classics.


“The Force of Description in Alcaeus Fr. 140 V”. Mètis (2019), pp. 145-157.

Vernon Lee: The Psychology of an Art Writer, editor; David Zwirner Books (2018). Introduction excerpted at The Paris Review.

Jason Rhoades: PeaRoeFoam (exhibition catalogue), contributor; David Zwirner Books (2015).