Professor of Classics, University of Toronto

mailing address: Department of Classics, 125 Queen's Park Crescent, University of Toronto,Toronto, ON CAN, M5S 2C7; TEL 416-946-5852; FAX 416-978-7307



In the Wake of Odysseus

my webpage on localization of the wanderings of the journey of Odysseus

[click on to explore]

Borestone Mt., Maine

Mt. Nemo, Ontario

photos: Adelaide Burgess

Butler's "Cave of Polyphemus," Sicily

photo: J. Burgess

"Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature,---daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, ---rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?" -----Thoreau, on Katahdin



    THE TRADITION OF THE TROJAN WAR IN HOMER AND THE EPIC CYCLE, 11/2001 (Johns Hopkins University Press)

    Reissue in paperback April 2004

    THE DEATH AND AFTERLIFE OF ACHILLES, 1/09 (Johns Hopkins University Press)

  • HOMER, due out fall, 2014 (I.B. Tauris)

    [not to be confused with other books with the same catchy title]



    JANE ASPINALL on 'Lost Arts' [Martha Nussbaum defends the humanities]

    JANE ASPINALL on 'Sweet Tears' [automata]

    filius on Crystal Castles, Canadian landscape painting, and images of Montreal.

    poems by HUGH F. BURGESS, JR.

    stories by HUGH F. BURGESS, JR.; including now "My Last Duchess"

    'fake non-fiction' by HUGH F. BURGESS, Jr. (real humor, including mention of "the Achilles' attention deficit disorder"): use search tool for 'Hugh Burgess'

    For some ACADEMIC MATERIAL OF THE PAST (published or unleashed), see MY PAGE AT ACADEMIA.EDU

    RECENT PAPERS PRESENTED: "Localization of the Odyssey's Underworld"/"Homeland" and the Odyssey/ "Framing Odysseus: The Slaughter of the Suitors"/"staying with nomads" in Homer, Fermor, and Frazier/ ekphrastic connections between the 'Shield of Achilles', the Hesiodic Shield, and Theocritus Id. 1/ Huckleberry Finn and the Polyphemus episode in Od. 9.


    "'If Peopled and Cultured': Bartram's Travels and the Odyssey." In Travel, Discovery, Transformation 2014

    "Ambiguous Homecomings: Cold Mountain and the Odyssey." In Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures: The Journey Home 2014

    "Framing Odysseus. The Death of the Suitors." In Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Epic (in press)

    "Hegemonic Ithaca. The Inland Journeys of Odysseus." In Politics of Travel (in press)

    "Working with Sources: Limits of Reconstruction." In The Cambridge Companion to the Greek Epic Cycle (in press)

    "Belatedness in the Travels of Odysseus." In the series TCSV (Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes, Walter de Gruyter / gen. eds. F. Montanari & A. Rengakos)

    "The Hypertext of Astyanax." in "Homeric Hypertextuality," Trends in Classics (TC) 2.2:211-224.

    Multiple entries in Homer Encyclopedia, ed. M. Finkelberg (including "Geography, Iliad"; "Epic Cycle"; "Homeric Iconography")

    "Intertextuality without text in early Greek epic," in Relative Chronology in Early Greek Epic Poetry, CUP

    (still) FORTHCOMING::

    Homer [introductory monograph], I.B. Tauris