Mae J. Smethurst

  • Professor Emerita

Dr. Mae J. Smethurst retired from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the Spring 2013 school year. We 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 and Adjunct Professor East Asian Languages and Literatures (2012-present). 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. In 2013, Dr. Smethurst published Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and beyond Aristotle (Lexinton), which is due to be released as a paperback in January 2015. Translated into Japanese by K. Watanabe and A. Kiso (Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute of Hosei University, March 2014).

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

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Michigan

Representative Publications

"Interview with Miyagi Satoshi" for a special volume of the Modern Language Association on the views of directors of Greek tragedy today around the world (PMLA 2014)

"Sanemori and Genzai Sanemori" (two translations and studies of this noh taken from the Tales of the Heike), forthcoming in Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of No Plays ofthe Genpei War, edited by Elizabeth Oyler and Michael Watson (Cornell East Asis Series 2013)

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth, 2018.