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David Youd

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Areas

Critical theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis; Latin literature, New Comedy, Apuleius and the Ancient Novel


I am a PhD candidate in Classics and Critical Theory. My work examines the structuring of aesthesis under various social configurations, and the capacity of aesthetic objects and occupants of interstitial subject positions to generate new formations within a social body by rendering visible, and thus thinkable, the possibilities obscured or ignored under prevailing modes of perception and thought. My reading draws on psychoanalysis, queer theory, and the Frankfurt school of critical theory to locate moments of dissonance between a text's ostensible signification and the force of its own aesthetic architecture.

M.A., University of California, Berkeley 2018

M.St., University of Oxford (Merton) 2016

B.A., Utah State University 2015


"Getting Bronze in the Sun: Making Sense of the Remains of Plautus' Vidularia." Classical Philology 116.3 (2021): 424-35

"Orestes. Polymorphously Per-verse: On Queer Metrology," in Queer Euripides: Re-Readings in Greek Tragedy, edited by Sarah Olsen and Mario Telò (Bloomsbury, 2022), 155-64

"Time and Punishment, or Terence's Queer Pedagogy," in The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Queer Theory, edited by Sara Lindheim, Kirk Ormand, and Ella Haselswerdt (Routledge, forthcoming)

"Thelyology: Apuleius' Morphologies of Damage," in The Before and the After: Critical Asynchrony Now, edited by Sean Gurd and Mario Telò (Tangents, Punctum Books, forthcoming)