Kirk Ormand


Associate Professor of classics, notably teaching Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome.

Ormand has a B.A. from Carleton College, and an MA and PhD from Stanford where he studied with Jack Winkler and met David Halperin, two of his primary influences. He taught at Oberlin in 1992-93 (replacing Van Nortwick for the year), then taught at Loyola Chicago for 4 years. He quit his tenure-track job at Loyola with no prospects, and spent the next four years working as a project manager in the private sector. He returned to Oberlin in 2001.

Ormand's specialties include the study of ancient sexuality/gender and some modern critical theory. He doesn't go in much for Bakhtin; more interested in Althusser, Zizek, and of course Foucault. His primary area of study is Greek literature, especially pre-5th century; but he's been known to publish on Latin poetry and to go on and on about the wonders of the Neronian-era poet Lucan.

Like all the professors on the Classics department, 2/3 of the classes he teaches require knowledge of Greek or Latin. His regular "in translation" courses include Greek and Roman Mythology, Greek History, and the Sexuality course mentioned above. One of these days he'll teach a course on women in ancient Greece and Rome, and he may develop courses on pre-historic Greece and/ or Byzantine Greece. But really, if you want to take classes with him, you should learn Greek. You should learn Greek anyway. It's good for you.


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about the story of Andromeda: "It's incredibly kinky, which is why we teach it in this department!" [1]

paraphrasing Classical love poetry: "Hey, you're cute, why don't you jump in the sack with me?"

on psychoanalysis (and in a bad Freud-style accent): "If you dream about dentists it's obvious that you want to have sex with your mother."

"Chickens and sex just go together like popcorn and movies."

"The gods are never erect."

"So the question is, is this an amorous pot?"

"Did we run into any oral sex in Greece?"

"Mainly... I think of Rome as just like Greece, only a lot more uptight."

"The Romans wanted to be James Bond; the Greeks wanted to do James Bond."

"You would all be like sea fans before the force of my rhetoric."


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