Francesca Martelli

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E-mail: Phone: 310-825-1101 Office: Dodd Hall 289E

I joined the UCLA faculty in 2013, after holding temporary teaching posts in the UK, and having studied at Trinity College Dublin, where I received my BA, and at Oxford, where I received my DPhil. My interests range widely over Latin literature, but are motivated by particular critical concerns: psychoanalysis, media theory, and (unfashionably) cultural poetics.

Questions of authorship were the focus of my first book on Ovid (Ovid’s Revisions: the Editor as Author), which explored the multivalence and deferred meanings that this author builds into and across his oeuvre by advertising the editorial interventions that he makes into the various works that it comprises.

My current book project is a study of the formation and cultural meanings of Cicero’s letter collections. It focuses on the forms of retrospective rewriting to which these collections submit their contents, and considers the consequences that this mode of belated reappraisal holds for articulating certain kinds of historical juncture both within Roman culture and beyond it.

I also have various projects underway that attempt to plot Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and related ancient texts, in dialogue with contemporary lines of ecocritique.

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Latin language, literature and Roman culture, including its reception in cinema with the GE Classics 42.



  • ‘Multispecies temporalities and Roman Fasti in Ovid’s Metamorphoses,’ in F. Martelli and G. Sissa (eds.) Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Environmental Imagination, Bloomsbury (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Spectral Life of Friends: Derrida, Cicero, Atticus (Cicero ad Atticum 1),’ in S. Gurd and M. Telò (eds.) The Before and The After, Tangent (forthcoming)
  • ‘Letters to the Editor: a reading of ad Fam. 16′, in C. Coombe, T. Geue and F. Middleton (eds.) Between Readers, Writers and Texts in Imperial Literature, Cambridge (forthcoming)
  • (2018) ‘Ennius’ imago between tomb and text’, in N. Goldschmidt and B. Graziosi (eds.) The Tomb of the Poet, Oxford, pp. 69-82
  • (2017) ‘The Triumph of Letters: Rewriting Cicero in ad Fam. 15′, Journal of Roman Studies 107
  • (2016) ‘Introduction’, Arethusa 49.3: 393-7
  • (2016) ‘Mourning Tulli-a: the shrine of letters in ad Atticum 12’, Arethusa 49.3: 415-37
  • (2011) ‘Empire and the Limits of Analogy: Aztecs and Romans in Malibu’, review article in Arethusa 44.2: 245-50
  • (2010) ‘Signatures Events Contexts: Copyright at the End of the First Principate’, Ramus 39.2: 130-59
  • (2009) ‘Plumbing Helicon: Poetic Property and the Material World of Statius’ Silvae’, Materiali e Discussioni 62: 145-77

Upcoming Talks

‘Lichas and the Ovidian Anthropocene,’ SCS Meeting (San Francisco), January 2022