Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
BA, Reed College
PhD, Stanford University
Brett has taught at Puget Sound since 2012, teaching courses on ancient Greek and Latin, ancient literature in translation (especially Greek tragedy), myth & myth theory, sex & gender in Greco-Roman antiquity, and the reception of classical literature in science fiction and fantasy. His research focuses on Greek drama in its original contexts and modern performance, as well as classical receptions in contemporary media. He has published essays on ‘teaching’ and ‘learning' in Greek drama as part of a larger study on ‘troubling teachers’ (didaskaloi) in archaic Greece and classical drama. Along with Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Brett has co-edited four volumes in the field of receptions studies: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (2015, Oxford), Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy (2017, Oxford), Frankenstein and Its Classics (2018, Bloomsbury) and Once and Future Antiquities in Science Fiction and Fantasy (2019, Bloomsbury). Brett’s essays have traversed pathways both traditional and unorthodox, from Greek education to Harry Potter, from theater reviews to screenwriting manuals, from the heroes of ancient epic to modern superheroes (including Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Brett looks forward to the voices and stories that all students will bring to the classroom and then the world beyond Puget Sound.