Robin Diver

Robin Diver

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Qualifications

  • BA in Classical Literature and Civilisation, University of Birmingham, 2015.
  • MRes in Classics, University of Birmingham, 2017.

Biography

My interest in Classics and Ancient History originally developed through children’s anthologies of Greek myth when I was around the age of ten. However, once I started researching my favourite myths on the internet, I was stuck by how different the version portrayed in children’s anthologies was.  Since then, I have maintained an interest in the portrayal of sexuality in children’s books and in classical reception more generally.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Roman Literature Seminars: 8 hours taught, 2018.
  • Introduction to Roman Literature Marking: 33 exam papers marked, 2018.
  • Introduction to Roman Literature Seminars: 10 hours taught, 2019.
  • Access to Birmingham (A2B): Ancient History. Summer 2019. Module to prepare incoming undergraduates from low income Birmingham schools for undergraduate essay writing.
  • Greek Mythology Seminars: 8 hours taught, 2019.
  • Archaic to Classical Seminars: 3 hours taught, 2020.
  • HEFI Award Obtained.

Doctoral research

PhD title
'Wonderful Stories for Kids': Rape and Sexual Violence in Children’s Anthologies of Greek Myth
Supervisor
Dr Philip Burton

Research

Anthologies of children’s Greek myths (e.g. Hawthorne, Coats) are published regularly, and receive reviews stressing their importance to children’s education and are sometimes taught in schools. Their creation, however, necessitates reconciliation between the sexual violence prevalent in myth and the didactic aim of children’s tales. My research sets anthologies from 1850 to the present day within their historical and social context to examine how they address this tension. I focus on retellings of the myths of Daphne, Syrinx and Europa.

Other activities

Papers delivered at conferences

  • Mythology and Education: History and Practice; 27 October 2017, Cambridge. Conference paper delivered - 'Educating Hades?: A death god civilised'.
  • Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History (AMPAH); 17 March 2018, London. Conference paper delivered - 'Fleeing Rape: A Children's Tale? - Adaptations of Daphne'.
  • Echoes: A Symposium on Classic-Modern Relations; 11 April 2018, Birmingham. Conference paper delivered - 'Fleeing Rape: For Kids! - Or: Receptions of Daphne in Anthologies'.
  • Tea with the Sphinx – Reception of Egypt’s Myth, Magic and Mysticism; 28th - 30th July 2018, Birmingham. Conference paper delivered – ‘Morality, Sex and the Other: A Comparison of Anthologies of Egyptian and Greek Myths for Children’.
  • CAHA Colloquium - 16th May 2019, Birmingham. Conference paper delivered - 'Virgins, Bitches and ‘Smart Nymphs’: Receptions of Daphne’s Desire to Stay Unmarried in Late Modern Children’s Anthologies of Myth'.
  • Midlands4Cities Research Festival: Research Relays - 23rd May 2019, Birmingham. Research Relay paper delivered - 'Virgins, Bitches and ‘Smart Nymphs’: Receptions of Daphne’s Desire to Stay Unmarried in Late Modern Children’s Anthologies of Myth'.
  • Shifting Notions of Modernity: A Modern and Contemporary Symposium - 5th June 2019, Birmingham. Conference paper delivered - 'Virgins, Bitches and ‘Smart Nymphs’: Receptions of Daphne’s Desire to Stay Unmarried in Late Modern Children’s Anthologies of Myth'.
  • FIEC/CA; 5th - 8th of July 2019, London. Conference paper delivered - 'Rape, Sisterhood and Deadly Love: Attempting to Centre the Female Experience in YA Novels About the Trojan War'.
  • Mythology and Education; 18th February 2020, Cambridge. Roundtable Discussion - Our Mythical Survey Database Contributors. Short talk on 'Consent and Sexual Violence in Educational Children's Myth Texts'.
  • BCLA Postgraduate Conference: Radical Retellings: Fairy Tale, Myth and Beyond; 6th March 2020, Oxford. 'Adapting Rape for Children: Modern Retellings of the Greek Myth of Daphne'.

Papers delivered at forums

  • Rosetta Forum, University of Birmingham; October 2017. 'Educating Hades?: A death god civilised'.
  • Modern and Contemporary Forum (MAC); October 2017. 'Educating Hades?: A death god civilised'.
  • Rosetta Forum, University of Birmingham, 14 November 2017. 'Midlands 3 Cities Funding: And guidelines for funding applications in general'.
  • Rosetta Forum, University of Birmingham, 13 November 2018. 'Midlands 4 Cities Funding'.
  • Rosetta Forum, University of Birmingham, 27 November 2018. 'Mythology: A Discussion Panel'.
  • Rosetta Forum, University of Birmingham, 26 March 2019. 'Rape, Sisterhood and Deadly Love: Attempting to Centre the Female Experience in YA Novels About the Trojan War'.

Positions held

  • Publicity Officer at UoB PG Rosetta Journal: October 2016-October 2018.
  • Secretary at UoB MAC (Modern and Contemporary Forum): October 2017- September 2019.
  • Book Reviews Editor at UoB PG Rosetta Journal: October 2017- September 2019.
  • PhD SHaC 1st Year Student Rep: November 2017-August 2018.
  • General Editor/Manager at UoB PG Rosetta Journal: August 2018-September 2019.
  • SHaC PhD Student Mentor: July 2018-present.

Conferences organised

  • CAHA Colloquium - Bridges Over Barriers: Interdisciplinarity in Research; 2 May 2018, University of Birmingham.
  • M3C Research Festival; 24 May 2018, Maple House, Birmingham. (Research Relay Organiser).
  • Shifting Notions of Modernity: A Modern and Contemporary Symposium - 5th June 2019, Birmingham.