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Tyler Archer

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I was born and raised in New Jersey and apparently decided I never wanted to leave it: I first earned my BA (magna cum laude) in Classics with a minor in Psychology in 2015 at Rutgers University, and went on to later complete a Post-Baccalaureate program as well as obtain my MA in Classics at the same institution in 2016 and 2017 respectively. I then began the PhD program at Princeton shortly after in the fall of 2017. 

I am a scholar of Greek tragedy with a particular research interest in the concept of marginality. An interrogation of conventional (within Classics) definitions of this concept opens up new pathways of dialogue—and new points of convergence and departure—with and about these texts. I am keenly interested in relationships between marginality and agency, but my work in reevaluating the concept of marginality in the ancient world has led me into areas of study that include tragic choruses; women and gender; liminality; and, increasingly, looking toward the future, theories of resilience and precarity in socially marginalized groups.

My dissertation offers a new reading of the concept of marginality in Greek tragedy, asking what characters are able to achieve not in spite of, but because of their marginal status. Through readings of Aeschylus’ Choephori, Sophocles’ Electra, and Euripides’ Electra, I argue that marginal identity does not preclude a character from exerting a meaningful impact in the narrative, and the ability to achieve this impact is often born from marginal status. Thus, it is necessary that we reevaluate what it means to be considered marginal within the realm of tragedy, and reevaluate the avenues of agency that a marginal status affords. 

I am always happy to talk about drama (Greek and Roman)! To prospectives interested in any of the above, please feel free to get in touch via email if you have any questions!