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Biography

Marguerite Johnson is a Classicist whose work is inspired by certain cultural facets of antiquity, particularly the gender dynamics and sexualities of the Greeks and Romans.

She is also fascinated by the ways in which the ancients told stories via their folktales, fairytales and myth-making processes. How these stories have been transmitted by composers and authors - from Sappho to Plato, Catullus and Ovid – inform the basis of some of her research and teaching.

 Ancient legacies expressed in post-ancient societies, particularly in an Australian context, is another research area.

Marguerite is also interested in interdisciplinary research incorporating and extending Classically-informed paradigms. Theory, modern retellings of tales, reinventions of myths, legends and various belief systems underlie some of her enquiries and her practice-based research. Her short stories on Clodia and Medea have appeared in Arion and her Catullan-inspired poetry in Tellus.

She is co-author, with Terry Ryan, of Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature: A Sourcebook (Routledge, 2005); author of Sappho (Duckworth, 2007) and Boudicca (Duckworth, 2012). She is editor of Catullus in Contemporary Perspective (Anticthon Special Volume, 2006) and co-editor, with Harold Tarrant, of Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator (Duckworth, 2011).

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 18/04/1996
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 29/04/1988

Research

Research keywords

  • Classical Reception
  • Greek and Latin Literature

Research expertise

Dr Johnson’s research expertise is predominantly in the area of Greek and Latin literary studies, especially lyric poetry. She is interested in the representations of gender, sexualities and the body in ancient texts with particular attention to the ways in which the ancients write about women. She also works in Platonic studies, particularly in the area of Plato’s myth voice. In addition to these areas, Dr Johnson works in Classical Reception Studies, with an emphasis on Australian Indigeneity and Reception, the representations of particular ancient figures and their post-ancient appropriations (particularly Medea, Sappho and Boudicca), and Australian theatre.

Languages

  • Greek
  • Latin

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200524Comparative Literature Studies50
200510Latin And Classical Greek Literature50

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Executive Member, Australasian Society of Classical Studies - Australasian Society of Classical Studies

Other

  • Directory of Researchers for the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network

Awards

Distinction.

2005Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Centre for European Studies, University of Adelaide (Australia)

Honorary research Associate. July - December 2005

2005Department of Classics and Ancient History
University of Sydney (Australia)
Honorary research Associate. July - December 2005

Research Award.

2013FEDUA Mid-Career Fellowship
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Research
2013Vice-Chancellor’s Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
'An Egalitarian Approach: engaged pedagogy, equity and excellence in student success at the UoN.'
2012ARC DP
University of Sydney / University of Newcastle / University of Tasmania (Australia)
'Plato’s myth voice: the identification and interpretation of ‘inspired speech’ in Plato.' Prof Rick Benitez (CI1), Dr Julia Kindt, Prof Dirk C Baltzly, Dr Marguerite Johnson and Prof Harold Tarrant.

University Medal

1988University Medal
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
University Medal

Collaboration

Dr Johnson is currently a research collaborator on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Plato's Myth Voice: The Identification and Interpretation of Inspired Speech in Plato,' with colleagues from The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney and Monash University.

This project uses recent discoveries about the language of ancient myths, oracles and allegories to understand similar discourse in Plato and the Platonic tradition. It attempts to render such discourse intelligible to those who may not hear myths in the same context or share the same cultural background as Plato's listeners.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Latin and Greek literature
  • Magic in Antiquity
  • Myth and Fairytale
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Publications

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Book (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Johnson MM, Boudicca, Bristol Classical Press, London, 157 (2012) [A1]
2012Johnson MM, Tarrant HA, Alcibiades and the Socratic lover-educator, Bristol Classical Press, London, 254 (2012) [A3]

Co-authors: Harold Tarrant

2007Johnson MM, Sappho, Bristol Classical Press, London, United Kingdom, 176 (2007) [A1]
2005Johnson MM, Ryan TJ, Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature: A sourcebook, Routledge, London, 236 (2005) [A1]

Co-authors: Terry Ryan

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Chapter (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Johnson MM, Johnson L, 'Toys', Things That Liberate: An Australian Feminist Wunderkammer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 205-210 (2013) [B2]
2012Johnson MM, 'The role of Eros in improving the pupil, or what Socrates learned from Sappho', Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator, Bristol Classical Press, London 7-29 (2012) [B1]
2012Johnson MM, 'Away from the light: Dark aspects of the goddess', Pathways in Modern Western Magic, Concrescent Scholars, Richmond, CA 87-126 (2012) [B1]
2012Tarrant HA, Johnson MM, 'Introduction', Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-educator, Bristol Classical Press, London 1-6 (2012) [B2]

Co-authors: Harold Tarrant

2010Johnson MM, 'Marked bodies: Divine, human, and bestial', A Cultural History of the Human Body in Antiquity, Berg Publishers, London, United Kingdom 185-215 (2010) [B1]
2009Johnson MM, 'Drawing down the goddess: The ancient [female] deities of modern paganism', Handbook of Contemporary Paganism, Brill Publishers, Leiden 311-334 (2009) [B1]
2009Johnson MM, 'A reading of Sappho poem 58, fragment 31 and Mimnermus', The New Sappho on Old Age: Textual and Philosophical Issues, The Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University, Washington, DC 162-175 (2009) [B1]
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Journal article (30 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Johnson MM, 'David Hopkins, Charles Martindale (ed.), The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature. Volume 3: 1660-1790. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. xi, 735. ISBN 9780199219810.', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014.03.17 1-1 (2014) [C3]
2014Johnson MM, 'Boadicea and British Suffrage Feminists', Outskirts: feminisms along the edge, 31 --- (2014)
2014Johnson MM, 'Indigeneity and classical reception in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay', Classical Receptions Journal, 1-24 (2014)
2014Johnson MM, Johnson, 'Dr Marguerite Johnson, review of Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War, (review no. 1681)', Reviews in History, --- (2014)
2013Johnson MM, 'Classical reception studies: Some pedagogical approaches', Classicum, 39 6-14 (2013) [C1]
2012Johnson MM, 'What to look for in a mayor; or classical reception in the Coalopolis', Melbourne Historical Journal, 40 13-24 (2012) [C1]
2012Johnson MM, 'Philip Freeman, Oh My Gods: a Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths [Book Review]', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 4 37 (2012) [C3]
2012Johnson MM, 'Lauren Hackworth Petersen, Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome [Book Review]', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 10 55 (2012) [C3]
2012Johnson MM, 'David M. Johnson, Socrates and Athens. Greece and Rome: Texts and Contexts [Book Review]', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 3 7 (2012) [C3]
2011Johnson MM, ''Toothless intellectuals', 'the misery of the poor', 'poetry after Auschwitz', and the white, middle-class audience: The moral perils of Kosky and Wright's The Women of Troy (or, how do we regard the pain of others?)', Didaskalia, 8 65-74 (2011) [C1]
2011Johnson MM, 'Martial (book review)', Classical Review, 61 310 (2011) [C3]
2011Johnson MM, 'Stavros Frangoulidis. Witches, Isis and Narrative: Approaches to Magic in Apuleius' Metamorphosis [book review]', Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 6 219-221 (2011) [C3]
2010Johnson MM, 'Greek Magic: Ancient, Medieval and Modern', Classical Review, 60 187-189 (2010) [C3]
2009Johnson MM, 'The witching hour: Sex magic in the 1950s Australia', Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, 234-287 (2009) [C1]
2009Johnson MM, 'Witchcraft and belief in early modern Scotland', European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, 14 743-744 (2009) [C3]
2008Joseph S, Johnson MM, ''An Orchid in the Land of Technology': Narrative and representation in Lars von Trier's 'Medea'', Arethusa, 41 113-132 (2008) [C1]
2007Johnson MM, 'Pan or the devil? The polytheistic beliefs of Rosaleen Norton', Women-Church - An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 141-144 (2007) [C1]
2006Johnson MM, 'Off with the Pixies: The Fey Folk of the Long Poems and Catullan Disclosure', Classics Ireland, 13 23-58 (2006) [C1]
2006Johnson MM, 'Introduction', Antichthon, 40 i-v (2006) [C2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Guest Editor for volume of Antichthon', Antichthon, 40 1-117 (2006) [C6]
2005Johnson MM, 'Book Review : Ancient Greek Love Magic', The European Legacy, 10 240-241 (2005) [C3]
2005Johnson MM, 'Book Review : Sappho in Early Modern England: Female Same-Sex Literary Erotics, 1550-1714', The European Legacy, 10 528-529 (2005) [C3]
2003Johnson MM, 'Cattullus 2B: The Development of a Relationship in the Passer Trilogy', The Classical Journal, 99 11-34 (2003) [C1]
2003Johnson MM, 'Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Greek Literature and Society', The European Legacy, 8 520-522 (2003) [C3]
1999Johnson MM, Ryan TJ, 'Catullus' Epithalamia: Translation and Commentary. Part II: Catullus 62 - Hexametric Nuptial Song', Classicum, 25 22-27 (1999) [C1]
1999Johnson MM, 'Catullus 37 and the Theme of Magna Bella', Hellios, 26 85-96 (1999) [C1]
1999Johnson MM, 'Lectures and Tutorials: Some Professional and Personal Observations', The Teaching Review, 4 17-20 (1999) [C3]
1998Johnson MM, Ryan T, 'Catullus' Epithalamia, Part One', Classicum, 24 36-46 (1998) [C2]
1998Johnson MM, 'Review: Eva Stehle, Performance and Gender in Ancient Greece', Classicum, 24 63-64 (1998) [C3]
1997Johnson MM, 'Martial and Domitian¿¿¿s moral reforms', Prudentia, XXIX 24-70 (1997) [C1]
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Review (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Johnson MM, 'Sappho c. 630 BC - c.570 BC: Greek Poet (2014) [D1]
2014Johnson, 'Josephine Balmer, Piecing Together the Fragments: Translating Classical Verse, Creating Contemporary Poetry. Classical Presences. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. ix, 271. ISBN 9780199585090. $99.00. (2014)
2010Johnson MM, 'Sappho', The Literary Encyclopedia (2010) [D1]
2009Johnson MM, 'Sulpicia (50 BCE (?)-50 CE (?))', The Literary Encyclopedia (2009) [D2]
2009Johnson MM, 'Apuleius (125 (?)-170 (?))', The Literary Encyclopedia (2009) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Necromancy', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Potions', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Crossroads', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Oracles', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Moon', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Lilith', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Night Witch, or Night Hag', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
2006Johnson MM, 'Hermeticism', Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: the Western Tradition (2006) [D2]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Johnson MM, 'The New Sappho, Some Old Sappho, and Mimnermus', 31st Conference of the Australian Society for Classical Studies, Perth, WA (2010) [E3]
2007Johnson MM, 'Poem 58 and L-P 31: The poetic 'body' and the body of Sappho', 2007 APA Annual Meeting. Abstracts, San Diego, California (2007) [E3]
2002Johnson MM, 'the witch of kings cross: rosaleen norton and the australian media', as above, archives / auchmuty library university of newcastle (2002) [E2]

Creative Work (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Johnson MM, Memories of Erinna (After Erinna) (2014) [J2]
2013Johnson MM, Medea, Fitzgerald Gallery, New York City, 1966 (After Euripides and Bernard Safran) (2013) [J2]
2011Johnson MM, Clodia Muses, Boston University, Boston (2011) [J2]

Other (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Johnson MM, 'When statues get frocked up, art is in rude health', When statues get frocked up, art is in rude health (2014)
2013Johnson MM, Johnson M, 'A Clearer View on the Healing Power of the Arts', A Clearer View on the Healing Power of the Arts (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants19
Total funding$118,393

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2014 (2 grants)

Theorising reception Studies Down Under: Classical Reception Studies in Australia and New Zealand$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Pilot Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142014
GNo:G1400955

Truth or Beauty: Poetry as Biography, Victoria University at Wellington New Zealand, 26 - 28 November 2014$689
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$68920142014
GNo:G1400993

2013 (2 grants)

Faculty of Education & Arts: Mid-Career Research Fellowship.$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

SchemeRole
Faculty of Education & Arts: Mid-Career Research Fellowship.Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020132013
GNo:184035457

FEDUA Pilot Project Scheme$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

SchemeRole
Pilot Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020132014
GNo:184405486

2012 (1 grants)

Plato's Myth Voice: The Identification and Interpretation of Inspired Speech in Plato$15,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Eugenio Benitez, Dr Julia Kindt, Associate Professor Dirk Baltzly, Doctor Marguerite Johnson, Conjoint Professor Harold Tarrant
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020122014
GNo:G1101161

2011 (2 grants)

The Voice of Myth in the Platonic Tradition: cultural origins, reader expectations, identification, and interpretation. $25,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Harold Tarrant, Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020112011
GNo:G1001034

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Emerging Research Leaders ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020112011
GNo:G1101046

2010 (1 grants)

Teaching & Learning Project Grant$10,000
Funding Body: UoN

SchemeRole
Centre for Teaching and LearningChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020102010
GNo:184056454

2009 (2 grants)

Equity Initiatives Grant$5,000
Funding Body: UoN Equity and Diversity Unit

SchemeRole
Equity Initiatives GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:184035552

The fairy tale after Angela Carter, University of East Anglia UK, 22-25 April 2009$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:G0190137

2007 (1 grants)

American Philological Association, San Diego, 4/1/2007 - 7/1/2007$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020072007
GNo:G0187285

2006 (1 grants)

MEDEA; MUTATIONS AND PERMUTATIONS 17-19 JULY 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186476

2005 (1 grants)

2005 SW/TX Popular/American Culture Conference, 12-19 February 2005$1,086
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,08620052005
GNo:G0184982

2004 (1 grants)

Southwest - Texas Popular Culture Association / American Cultural Association Conference 7-10 april 2004$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020042004
GNo:G0183713

2002 (1 grants)

37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Michigan, USA 2-5 May 2002$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020022002
GNo:G0181721

2001 (3 grants)

Magic and the Occult in the Classical and Early Modern-European Ages$6,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,50020012001
GNo:G0181486

ASCS 2001 Conference, Adelaide 6-9 February 2001$427
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$42720012001
GNo:G0180689

8th Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference, 29 June 2001$391
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett, Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Conference Establishment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$39120012001
GNo:G0180957

1999 (1 grants)

The Literary Witch: A Study of the Sorceress in Greco-Roman and Early Modern European Literature$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019991999
GNo:G0178419
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018M Philosophy (Classics)Co-SupervisorWorkshopped Translations of Euripides' Helen and Iphigenia Amongst the Taurians
20142018PhD (Classics)Principal SupervisorWeird Weather and Earthworks for Eros: The Function of Nature in Greek and Roman Erotic Poetry
20122018PhD (Classics)Principal SupervisorThe Portrayal and Implications of Feminine Ageing in Latin Literature
20082013PhD (Classics)Principal SupervisorNational Identity, the Auteur and the Greek World on Film
20072008Honours History
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorHonours Thesis: Representations of Egyptians in Ancient Greek Literature: Archaic to Classical Ages

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Classics)Principal SupervisorMagical Techniques and Implements Present in Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri, Byzantine Greek Solomonic Manuscripts and European Grimoires: Transmission, Continuity and Commonality (The Technology of Solomonic Magic)
2013PhD (Fine Art)Sole SupervisorVital Signs/Art and Wellness: The Hospital as a Mediated Site
2011M Philosophy (Religious)Principal SupervisorThe Ghostly Experiences of Non-Indigenous Australians
2011PhD (History)Principal SupervisorTouching Magic: Deliberately Concealed Objects in Old Australian Houses and Buildings
2008PhD (Humanities)Principal SupervisorRosaleen Norton's Contribution to the Western Esoteric Tradition
2007PhD (Classics)Sole SupervisorBIOS ~ ARTEMIS
2006Honours History
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorShades of Life: An Interdisciplinary Investigation into Ghostly Phenomena
2006Honours Literature
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorLars von Trier and the 'Golden Heart Trilogy'
2005Honours History
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorThe Witch
2004Honours Creative Arts Not Elswr Classi
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorThe Witch of Kings Cross
2004Honours History
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorArtemis and Rites of Passage
1950Honours History
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorDances with Deities: The Imposition of Political Hegemony though Narrative, Religious Ritual and Philosophy in an Imperialist Setting
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Dr Marguerite Johnson

Work Phone(02) 4921 5189
Fax(02) 4921 6933
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaClassics
Office
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McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/marguerite-johnson