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Juana Celia Djelal

Juana Celia Djelal

Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities

326 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-3931


  1. Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Purdue University, 1992


Dr. Djelal’s research and teaching focus on the Classical Tradition in American and European literatures. In addition to Classical Myth, she teaches a number of courses that she has developed for the department of CAMS. These include environmental concerns of antiquity, the figure of the hero in myth and the classics and their modern interpretations in literature and film.

Recent Publications:

Melville’s Antithetical Muse: Reading the Shorter Poems. University of Valencia Press. Biblioteca Javier Coy d'estudis nord-americans. 2013.

“Poe and the Ancients, Thresholds of Anxiety.” In Poe in the Century of Anxiety. Luisa Juarez, ed. Alcalá de Henares, Madrid: Instituto Franklin de Estudios Norteamericanos (2010): 167-172.

“Transplantation: Sowing Unsustainability.” In Trans/American, Trans/Oceanic, Trans/Lation: Issues in International American Studies. Eds. Susana Araújo, João Ferreira Durarte & Marta Pacheco Pinto. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2010): 311-321.

“The Shape of the Whale: Flukes and Other Tales.” Leviathan 7. 2 (2005): 47-53.

“Introduction to Selections from: Homeric Hymn to Apollon; Pindar, “Processional Song: On Delos”; Lucian, A True History.” In Beyond the Floating Islands. Eds. Stephanos Stephanides and Susan Bassnett. A COTEPRA Project (Comparative Literature Theory and Practice, A European Union Funded Project). Bologna: University of Bologna Press (2002): 17-19; 21-22.

“Lessons on Landing: Odysseus and Aeneas.” In Interruptions: Essays on the Poetics/Politics of Space. Eds. Lorraina Pinnell & Roberto D’Alonzo. Eastern Mediterranean University Press (2002): 57-64.

Phantoms’ Last Words: Twentieth-Century Avatars of Helen of Troy and Cassandra. Classical and Modern, Literature 18.4 (1998): 293-301

“’After the Pleasure Party’: Melville’s Classical Agon.” Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly. 17:3 (Spring 1997): 207-215.

Recent Courses:

CAMS 045 - Classical Mythology
CAMS  083S - Mythical Heroes
CAMS 250U - The Classics in Literature and Film
CAMS 497H - Environmental Thought in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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