• Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1978



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    Paradigms of the War Hero from Homer to the Middle Ages
    University of California Press, 1987


  • Homer (1994), a collection of essays on the influence of Homer from the Middle Ages to the 1990’s.
  • Ancient Epic, an introduction to the epic tradition that analyses the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Apollonios’s Argonautika, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses (2009).
  • Professor King has also published essays on the classical tradition that focus on such diverse twentieth-century authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marguerite Yourcenar, Ahdaf Soueif and Edward Said.

Field of Interest

Why and how a writer manipulates myth and important cultural texts for ideological purposes


She has served on the editorial board of Viator, a journal of Medieval and Renaissance literature. She has also been a member of the Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities in the American Philological Association. Professor King received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993.