Gillian Glass

After studying Classics for undergraduate and my MA, I am very excited to be switching gears with this debut in UBC’s Religious Studies doctoral program.

Research Interests

    • Joseph and Aseneth
    • Epiphany
    • Heliodorus’ Aithiopika and the Greek novels generally
    • Hagiography and the novels
    • Ancient fiction
    • Greek and Roman myth

Projects

My dissertation considers the place of epiphanies in Jewish, Christian, and pagan fiction and novelesque literature. Because the authors of ancient novels depended on commonly held beliefs in order to communicate their messages, these texts act as (almost) unadulterated views into ancient understandings of religious phenomena, particularly regarding human-divine relations. By comparing such works as Heliodorus’ Aithopika, Joseph and Aseneth, and the Book of Acts, the study of epiphanic motifs can shed light on widespread beliefs between the first and fourth centuries CE.

I hold a BA of études anciennes from the Université Laval (Québec) as well as a double diploma Maîtrise en études anciennes/Master en philologie classique from the Université Laval and the Université de Strasbourg.

CV available upon request: r.gillian.glass@alumni.ubc.ca

Grants and Awards

  • 2018—2021: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • 2018—2020: Killam Doctoral Fellowship (University of British Columbia)
  • 2018: Research Scholarship to the École Biblique et Archéologique de Jérusalem (The Canadian Friends of the École Biblique et Archéologique de Jérusalem)
  • 2017: Faculty of Arts Graduate Award for Academic Achievement (Department of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia)
  • 2017: Honourable Mention for Best Grad Paper Prize at the CAC Annual Meeting for “‘All Shook Up’: Erotic Emotion and Epiphanic Elation in Joseph and Aseneth” (Classical Association of Canada)
  • 2017: Dennis Molnar Travel Scholarship in Classical Archaeology (Department of Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia)
  • 2017: Homer Armstrong Thompson Travel Scholarship in Classical Studies (Department of Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia)
  • 2016—2020: Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (University of British Columbia)
  • 2016 and 2018: David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship (Department of Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia)

Conferences

– “Novel Martyrdom: The Passion of Theagenes and Chariklea?” Novel Saints: Novel, Hagiography and Romance from the 4th to the 12th Century, University of Gent, Belgium (Invited for November 2018)
– “A New State of Affairs: Egyptian Jewish Sources on Ptolemaic and Roman Ta Pragmata (State Affairs),” (Co-written with G. Anthony Keddie, University of British Columbia) Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver (Invited for November 2018).
– “Comparing Book VIII of the Aethiopika to Martyrdom,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Helsinki, August 2018.
– “Senses and Sensibility: Aseneth’s Epiphanies,” 10th Enoch Nangeroni Meeting, Rome, June 2018.
– “Passio Charikleae et Theagenous,” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Calgary, May 2018.
– “Aseneth’s Fairy-Godfather,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2017.
– “Romanising Judaism, Judaising Romanism: The Zodiac Mosaics and the Roman and Byzantine Worlds,” Pacific North West American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature and American School of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Calgary, May 2016.
– “‘All Shook Up’: Erotic Emotion and Epiphanic Elation in Joseph and Aseneth” Annual Meeting of the Classic Association of Canada, St. John’s, May 2016.
– “Romancing the Self: The representation of self, soul, and sentiment in some ancient novels,” Critique et Licence dans la Grèce antique, Universidade de São Bento, Brazil, November 2016.

Guest Lectures

– “Love’s Lessons Learned: The Ancient Greek Novel,” Guest Lecture in Greek Civilisation. Taught by Kate Minniti, Langara College, Vancouver, November 2018.
– “Modern Myth and Magic,” Guest Lecture in Theories of Myth. Taught by Dr. Robert Cousland, University of British Colombia, Vancouver November 2017.
– “Child Sacrifice: A How To,” Guest Lecture in CLST 105 Greek and Roman Mythology. Instructor: Antone Minard. University of British Colombia, Vancouver November 2017.