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Dr Amanda Potter

Amanda Potter

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Professional biography

I studied for my first degree and my MA with the Open University, concentrating on English and classical literature, and then went on to complete my PhD with the Open University in 2014.  My thesis was on viewer reception of classical myth on television, and my supervisors were Paula James from the Open University and Gideon Nisbet from the University of Birmingham.  I was the recipient of the AOUG Chancellor Asa Briggs Award for Arts in 2013 for my research.  I am now a Visiting Research Fellow with the Open University.


Research interests

My main research interest is public engagement with the classics, including viewer (or audience) reception of the classics in popular film and television, and creative engagement with classical myth.  Modern texts I have worked on include Xena: Warrior Princess, Charmed, Torchwood, Doctor Who, HBO Rome and Starz Spartacus.  I am also interested in classics and feminism, and receptions of classical myth and literature focussing on female characters.  Recently I have been working on on sacrificial heroines in Game of Thrones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and classical monsters on television (articles forthcoming).  I am also a contributor to the Roehampton arm of the ‘Our Mythical Childhood’ research project.  I am currently working on a volume for EUP on epic in film and television, which I am co-editing with Hunter Gardner from USC, and a special edition of New Voices in Classical Reception Studies on popular twenty-first century classics including selected papers from the Celtic Conference in Classics in St Andrews in 2018.



2019 'Bringing Classical Monsters to Life on BBC Children’s Television: Gorgons, Minotaurs and
Sirens in Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Atlantis' in Chasing Mythical Beasts: The Reception of Ancient Monsters in Children's and Young Adult's Culture edited by Katarzyna Marciniak, Heidelberg: Winter Heidelberg

2018 ‘Feminist heroines for our times: Screening the Amazon Warrior in Wonder Woman (1975-1979), Xena: Warrior Princess (1996-2001) and Wonder Woman (2017), Thersites, 7.

2018 ‘Sons of Anarchy’ in Television Finales from Howdy Doody to Girls edited by Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, New York: Syracuse University Press, pp. 345-351.

2018 ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ in Television Finales from Howdy Doody to Girls edited by Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, New York: Syracuse University Press, pp. 454-459.

2018, with Tania Evans, ‘Sacrificial Shadows: Tragic Greek Heroines Reinvented for Television in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Game of Thrones’ in Locating Classical Receptions on Screen: Masks, Echoes, Shadows edited by Ricardo Apostol and Anastasia Bakogianni, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 43-65.

2018 ‘Greek Myth in the Whoniverse’ in Ancient Greece on British Television edited by Fiona Hobden and Amanda Wrigley, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 168-186.

2018 ‘The Changing Faces of Heroism in Atlantis (2013-15)’ in Epic Heroes on Screen edited by Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 125-140.

2017 ‘ “Atalanta Just Married”: A Case Study on Greek Mythology-Based Fan Fiction’ in Rewriting the Ancient World: Greeks, Romans and Christians in Modern Popular Fiction edited by Lisa Maurice, Leiden: Brill, pp. 131-149. 

2016 ‘Fan reactions to Nagron as One True Pairing’ in Starz Spartacus: Reimagining an Icon on Screen edited by Antony Augoustakis and Monica S. Cyrino, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 161-172. 

2016, with Hunter H. Gardner ‘Violence and Voyeurism in the Arena’ in Starz Spartacus: Reimagining an Icon on Screen edited by Antony Augoustakis and Monica S. Cyrino, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 211-228.

2016 ‘Classical monsters in new Doctor Who fan fiction’Transformative Works and Cultures, 21.

2015 ‘Slashing Rome: Season Two Rewritten in Online Fan Fiction’ in Rome Season Two: Trial and Triumph edited by Monica S. Cyrino, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 219-230.

2010 ‘Beware of Geeks Appropriating Greeks: Viewer Reception of the Myth of Philoctetes in Torchwood’ in Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures, edited by Ross P. Garner, Melissa Beattie and Una McCormack, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 79-93.

2010 ‘Unpacking Pandora’s Box: The redemption of an ancient anti-heroine for a twenty-first century audience in US TV Series Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed’ in Classical and Contemporary Mythic Identities: Construction of the Literary Imagination, edited by Aminal Ayal and Paul Hardwick, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, pp. 97–122.

2010 ‘Who needs a Homeric hero when we’ve got Xena?: The confusion of gendered roles in Xena: Warrior Princess episodes “Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts” and “Ulysses”’, Rosetta 8.5, 96-126.

 2009 ‘Hell Hath No Fury Like a Dissatisfied Viewer: Audience Responses to the Presentation of the Furies in Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed’ in Classics for All: Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture, edited by Dunstan Lowe and Kim Shahabudin, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp.  217-236.

Impact and engagement

I participated in the first 2012-2013 Communicating Ancient Greece and Rome programme, administered by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford, aimed at encouraging scholars to get more involved in public engagement activity.  Following on from this programme I delivered a public lecture at the Royal Theatre Northampton and am continuing to deliver public lectures and introduce films, for example at the Petrie Museum, UCL and the LSE Library,  obtaining viewer feedback at these events to build into my research.  I am also teaching a course on Greek myth on television with the Brilliant Club. I held a Greek Mythology Tour of Brighton, kindly sponsored by the Classical Association, as part of  Brighton Fringe Festival 2018, and obtained excellent feedback. I am planning to hold this again in 2019. More information on my 2018 tour is available at