Max Riviera is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the English Department of University College London. His thesis, tentatively titled ‘Orpheus came and began to sing’: the Elizabethan epyllion and the limits of classicism, explores how the young authors of the Ovidian narrative poems of the 1590s used this short-lived sub-genre to reflect on their own education, and test the limits of poetry as a medium. This project is fully funded by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership and supervised by Dr Eric Langley.
Before starting his PhD in 2019, he completed a BA in English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London (2018; First Class and Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievements), and an MA in Early Modern Studies at UCL (2019; Distinction). Other research interests include Jacobean drama, classical reception, and early modern sexualities.