My research interests range broadly across questions of social performance, cultural transformation and translation as well as the construction and representation of the body, with a special focus on the ancient Greek literature of the Archaic and Classical era. I also teach Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels and serve as a Language Teaching Associate for the Cambridge Faculty of Classics.

After completing a State-Examination Degree in Classics, English, Mathematics and Education at the Universities of Freiburg, Germany and Auckland, New Zealand, I first came to Cambridge for my MPhil in Classics in October 2014. I did my doctoral research at Murray Edwards College Cambridge and was awarded my PhD in November 2019.

My thesis looked at how characters in Athenian tragedy and comedy talk and think about dress manipulations, including dressing, disguising and undressing. Rather than treating dramatic dress as primarily a matter of stagecraft and costuming, my PhD argues that characters’ discourses of dress performance provide important insights into contemporary Athenian ideas and anxieties about the visual slippages of social identity, hierarchy and mobility in the democratic city.

As well as revising my PhD thesis for publication, I am currently working on a new research project that focusses on the politics of touch in Greek epic poetry and Athenian drama. In this context, I am particularly interested in ideas of untouchability and the ways in which the tactile relationality of the body is evoked in Greek literature as a site for negotiating established social, gender and species categories. As a core convenor of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network at CRASSH since 2018, I am keen to explore these research interests also across disciplinary boundaries and beyond academia.

I teach Latin and Greek language and literature at all levels, covering topics from epic to philosophy to tragedy to novels. I have also been intensely involved with access and outreach activities, for instance with the Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer School in Classics, and I am very happy to give talks to school groups, PGCE groups, or any other interested parties on ancient language and literature as well as about the admissions process.

Publications, Links, and Resources

  1. Reinke/Foster 2020 (under discussion with UCL Press): Translation and the Performance of Authority, an interdisciplinary volume co-edited with Dr Clare Foster (CRASSH).
  2. Reinke 2019: ‘It Takes a Fraud to Catch a Fraud … On the exposure of imposture in ancient Greek comedy’ in Hacks, Quacks & Impostors: Affected and Assumed Identities in Literature. Eds. Hobe, S., Mastellari, V., Hatton, N. Paradeigmata: Freiburg. 37-59.