J. Clare Woods

J. Clare Woods

Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Co-Director, Story Lab

-- Duke University
HWL Affiliation: Emerging Network, Humanities Lab

Clare Woods’s interest in Classical Studies began at an early age, with a fascination for mythology. She started learning Latin at the age of 11, and Greek in the course of her B.A. in Classics at King’s College London. For her Masters degree she broadened her interests to include late ancient and medieval texts, manuscripts and culture. Her Ph.D., funded by the British Academy, and directed by Carlotta Dionisotti (KCL), was awarded in 1997. For this project Woods prepared a critical edition of part of the Latin sermon collection compiled in the 820s by Hrabanus Maurus (abbot of Fulda) for Archbishop Haistulf of Mainz. Her edition of the whole collection will be published by Brepols in their Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Medievalis series.

Woods's research interests center on Carolingian literature and culture. In addition to her work on homiletics, she participates in the Festus Lexicon Project, contributing chiefly to those aspects of the Project concerned with Paul the Deacon’s epitome of the lexicon. She is also interested in the Carolingian cult of Mary, and in examining more closely the spread and development of Marian cult from the late eighth through the ninth century. A new project will look at intellectual networks, teacher-student relationships, and the culture of gift-giving. In recent years, through teaching involving digital games and virtual reality, and through a working group, Experiencing Virtual Worlds, sponsored by Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, she has also begun to explore ways in which the pre-modern is represented in new media.

Woods teaches courses at both undergraduate and graduate level in Latin literature of just about all periods (from Plautus to Petrarch), mythology, the city of Rome, Latin palaeography, and late ancient and medieval intellectual culture.

Beginning in Fall 2015, he will co-direct the Story Lab Humanities Lab.


Subnature and Culinary Culture
Emerging Networks, Visiting Faculty Fellow
Humanities Lab


Story Lab


The Latest Humanities Lab: Story Lab
The Latest Humanities Lab: Story Lab
-- Sep 15 2015
The Franklin Humanities Institute will have some newcomers to it space, and this isn't a fairytale. The Story Lab will begin its tenure as a Humanities Lab in FHI staring in Fall of 2015.  Story Lab... Read More