Micaela W. Janan

Micaela W. Janan

Professor of Classical Studies

(919) 684-2257
Office Hours: 

MW 6-7 and by appointment

  • Latin Literature: Latin poetry
  • Gender: gender and identity in antiquity
  • Theory: new approaches to classics; psychoanalytic theory; feminist theory

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1988

  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz 1979

Janan, M. Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses. 2010, pp. 1–288. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556922.001.0001. Full Text

Janan, M. W. The Politics of Desire: Propertius IV. University of California Press, 2001.

Janan, M. W. "When the Lamp Is Shattered": Desire and Narrative in Catullus. Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.

Janan, Micaela. “Review of OVID'S LOVERS: DESIRE, DIFFERENCE AND THE POETIC IMAGINATION.” Phoenix the Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, vol. 63, no. 1–2, 2009, pp. 186–88.

Janan, M. “Review of Readers and writers in Ovid's "Heroides": Transgressions of genre and gender.Classical Philology, vol. 99, no. 4, Oct. 2004, pp. 381–85. Manual, doi:10.1086/429944. Full Text

Janan, M. W. “Readers and Writers in Ovid’s Heroides, by Effrossini Spentzou.” Classical Philology, vol. 99, 2004, pp. 381–85.

Janan, M. W. “Review of The Roman Mistress by Maria Wyke.” Classical Journal, vol. 100, 2004, pp. 201–03.

Janan, M. “Review of Ovid's poetics of illusion.” Classical World, vol. 97, no. 2, 2004, pp. 216–17. Manual, doi:10.2307/4352859. Full Text

Janan, M. “Review of Roman Propertius and the Reinvention of Elegy, by Jeri Blair DeBrohun.” American Journal of Philology, vol. 125, 2004, pp. 622–26.

Janan, M. W. “Review of Powerplay in Tibullus, by Parshia Lee-Stecum.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, vol. 99.6.6, Bryn Mawr College, 1999.

Janan, M. W. “Review of Catullan Provocations, by William Fitzgerald.” Phoenix, vol. 50.3-4, 1996, pp. 344–45.

Janan, M. W. “Review of Lyric Texts and Lyric Consciousness, by Paul Allen Miller.” Classical Outlook, vol. 74.1, 1996, pp. 40–42.


Janan, M. “Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory and Roman Love Elegy.” A Companion to Roman Love Elegy, 2012, pp. 373–89. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781118241165.ch23. Full Text

Janan, M. W. “Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory and Roman Love Elegy.” The Blackwell Companion to Roman Love Elegy, edited by Barbara Gold, Wiley Blackwell, 2012, pp. 375–89.

Janan, M. W. “’In the Name of the Father’: Ovid’s Theban Law.” The Sites of Rome: Time, Space, Memory, edited by David H. J. Larmour and Diana Spencer, Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 102–37.

Janan, M. W. “The Muse Unruly and Dead: Acanthis in Propertius 4.5.” Cultivating the Muse - Struggles for Power and Inspiration in Classical Literature, edited by Effrossini Spentzou and Don Fowler, Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 187–206.

Janan, M. “Narcissus on the text: Psychoanalysis, exegesis, ethics.” Phoenix, vol. 61, no. 3–4, Sept. 2007, pp. 286–95.

Janan, M. In the Name of the Father: Ovid’s Theban Law. Edited by D. H. J. Larmour and D. Spencer, Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 102–37.

Janan, M. W. “Was the Aeneid Augustan propaganda?History in Dispute, edited by Charles Platter and Paul Allen Miller, vol. 20, Mar. 2005, pp. 189–94.

Janan, M. “The snake sheds its skin: Pentheus (re)imagines Thebes (Reflections on Ovidian borrowings from the 'Aeneid').” Classical Philology, vol. 99, no. 2, Apr. 2004, pp. 130–46. Wos-lite, doi:10.1086/423859. Full Text

Janan, Micaela. “"Beyond Good and Evil": Tarpeia and Philosophy in the Feminine.” The Classical World, vol. 92, no. 5, JSTOR, 1999, pp. 429–429. Crossref, doi:10.2307/4352313. Full Text

Janan, M. W. “Refashioning Hercules: Propertius 4.9.” Helios: A Journal Devoted to Critical and Methodological Studies of Classical Culture, Literature, and Society, vol. 25, no. 1, 1998, pp. 65–77.

Janan, Micaela. “"There beneath the Roman Ruin Where the Purple Flowers Grow": Ovid's Minyeides and the Feminine Imagination.” The American Journal of Philology, vol. 115, no. 3, JSTOR, 1994, pp. 427–427. Crossref, doi:10.2307/295368. Full Text

Janan, Micaela W. “The Labyrinth and the Mirror: Incest and Influence in Metamorphoses 9.” Arethusa, vol. 24, 1991, pp. 239–56.

Janan, Micaela W. “The Politics of Interpretation: Judging the Hermaphrodite.” American Philological Association, Boston, Ma, 1989.

Janan, Micaela. “The Book of Good Love? Design Versus Desire in Metamorphoses 10.” Ramus, vol. 17, no. 2, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 1988, pp. 110–37. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0048671x0000312x. Full Text


Janan, M. “The father’s tragedy: Assessing paternity in STATIUS, SILVAE 2.1.” Transactions of the American Philological Association, vol. 150, no. 1, 2020, pp. 181–230. Scopus, doi:10.1353/apa.2020.0002. Full Text

Janan, M. W. “Delusion and Desire in the Fatherland: The Law in Ovid’s Thebes.” American Philological Association, San Francisco, Ca, 2004.

Janan, M. W. “'That Way Madness lies': The Outrageous Father of Ovid’s Thebes.” Classical Association, Manchester, Uk, 2004.

Janan, Micaela W. “A Snake in the Glass: Pentheus Fashions Thebes (Met. 3.531-63).” Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Austin, Tx, 2002.

Janan, Micaela W. “The Parallax View: Arethusa Writes (to) Lycotas.” American Philological Association, Dallas, Tx, 1999.

Janan, Micaela W. “Speaking as (the Ghost of) a Woman: Acanthis as the 'Other Voice' of Prop. 4.5.” American Philological Association, Washington, D.C., 1998.

Janan, Micaela W. “Arethusa to Lycotas: The Metaphysics of Decadence.” Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Charlottesville, Va, 1998.

Janan, Micaela W. “Infidelities: (Un)making Belief in Propertius 4.8 (the Lanuvium Elegy).” American Philological Association, New York, Ny, 1996.

Janan, Micaela W. “The Phenomenology of the Spirits: The Cornelia Elegy (Propertius.” American Philological Association, San Diego, Ca, 1995.

Janan, Micaela W. “Hercules in Rome: Propertius 4.9.” Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Southern Section, Chapel Hill, Nc, 1994.