University of Pittsburgh

Mae J. Smethurst

Mae J. Smethurst

PhD, University of Michigan, 1968

Dr. Mae J. Smethurst will retire from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the Spring 2013 school year.  We will miss her and wish her well in her sure to be  very happy and active retirement. Our many thanks to her for her dedication, care and concern for all of her students!


Mae J. Smethurst is Professor of Classics. She was a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., where she began her work on the comparison of Greek tragedy and Japanese noh.

In 1989 she published her book, The Artistry of Aeschylus and Zeami: A Comparative Study of Greek Tragedy and Noh, which has received the AAUP Arisawa Memorial Award. She has published articles as well on the subject of Greek tragedy and the comparison of tragedy and noh. She published the book, Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety, in 2000, and was awarded a Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize by Columbia University's Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture.  In 2003 she edited a book entitled The Noh Ominameshi: A Flower Viewed From Many Directions.

Her main interests are ancient literary theory, drama, lyric poetry and comparative theatre.

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