Melissande Tomcik

Postdoctoral Fellow
LI 122C


Melissande Tomcik studied Latin and Greek literature at the University of Geneva, where she completed a PhD on dawn and dusk descriptions in Statius’ Thebaid (2021). She is currently leading a project on fake news in Flavian epic funded by the Swiss National Science Fund, in which she investigates the relation between facts and fiction within a narrative in order to see how the former can be manipulated to create the latter. Her approach is mainly intertextual, as she views earlier texts as a background against which to interpret the alternate versions of a truth forged by later characters.

Research Interests: Greek and Latin Poetry, especially Flavian epic; intertextuality


PhD, University of Geneva