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Mark Padilla

Mark Padilla

Distinguished Professor

McMurran Hall 159B
(757) 594-7051


  • Ph D in Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • MA in Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • BA in Classical Studies and English, University of California, Santa Cruz


Greek and Latin; Greek myth and literature; Greek society; classical reception in film; Honors courses on Alfred Hitchcock and Richard Wagner.


Ancient Greece, classical reception.

Recent pubs:

Classical Myth in Alfred Hitchcock's Wrong Man and Grace Kelly Films (forthcoming).

"Hitchcock's Textured Characters in The Skin Game," Hitchcock Annual 21 (2017): 1-39.

Classical Myth in Four Films of Alfred Hitchcock (Lexington, 2016).


Dr. Mark W. Padilla earned the BA in English and Classical Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Ph.D. and MA at Princeton University in Comparative Literature. His early publications focused on the figure of Heracles and primary authors of the fifth and fourth century BCE, including Aristophanes, Euripides, Plato, and Sophocles. More recently, he has explored the role of myth in 20th-century film, especially the movies of Alfred Hitchcock. Padilla served as a dean and provost at three liberal arts colleges over sixteen years.

In the last several years he has presented scholarly lectures in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

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