Stephen Kidd

Stephen Kidd
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Biography

Stephen Kidd is Associate Professor of Classics. He is the author of Nonsense and Meaning in Ancient Greek Comedy (Cambridge University Press, 2014)—which asks why comedy, unlike other genres, gives rise to the perception that some part of it is not meaningful—and Play and Aesthetics in Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2019)—which explores the ancient Greek concept of play (paidia) and its relationship to literature, theater, visual arts, and music. His current book project at the Cogut Institute is “Living Life as Fiction: Lucian of Samosata and the Nature of Disbelief.” It asks: what is the relationship between philosophical suspension of belief and fiction’s suspension of disbelief?