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Yukai Li

Instructor I

Degrees:A.B. (Princeton), M.St. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Yale)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2524
Office:2A56 Paterson Hall
Office Hours:
Monday 10:00-11:00
Tuesday 12:00-1:00


I finished my Ph. D. in Classics and Comparative Literature at Yale after studying at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Magdalen, Oxford. I am a returning Canadian, having also lived in the US, the UK, and China.

Research interests

I work between classical studies, literary theory, and continental philosophy. My current book project is an extensive synthesis and reevaluation of the past century of Homeric scholarship, in particular a radical continuation of the theory of orality. Based on my dissertation, “Being late and being mistaken in the Homeric tradition,” it reconceives the notion of tradition as it relates to the Homeric poems through close readings in the Iliad and Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and modern literature. I am also working on articles on Hellenistic poetry, painting, and marginality.

2019/2020 Courses

CLCV 1002 B Survey of Greek Civilization W
CLCV 2500 A Classical Mythology F/W
CLCV 2902 A History of Ancient Greece I F
CLCV 2903 A History of Ancient Greece II W
CLCV 4800 A Homer in the Past 100 Years F
GREK 2200 A Intermediate Greek I F

Publications and presentations

Currently under review: Two articles, one on the conditions of possibility of Homeric performance in oral theory through Blanchot and Kafka, and the other articulating fiction and absorption in Theocritus and 18th century French painting through a theory of the gaze.

Recent presentations include talks at the Society for Classical Studies, Yale, CUNY, and Wuhan University in China.