Assistant Professor of English Literature and
Room 307 Γ
I have an interest in twentieth-century women’s writings, Black British and British Asian literature, postcolonial and cultural theory. I am especially interested in questions of mobility (including migration and diaspora), race, utopia, national identities, global structures and community-building, and am currently writing about the affective politics of utopia in reconfigurations of British multiculture in recent black British and British Asian fiction. I am also concerned with how the past, especially WWII, is reinterpreted by contemporary British novels, focusing particularly on those that allow a more affirmative, racially inclusive, future-oriented multicultural politics to develop. I am about to embark on a project investigating structures of mobility, race and affect in representations of war and conflict in prose writings by English women writers from the 1930s to the present. I have co-edited Metaphoricity and the Politics of Mobility (Rodopi Editions, 2006), The Flesh Made Text Made Flesh (Peter Lang, 2007) and The Future of Flesh: A Cultural Survey of the Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
I have taken part in a European-funded research project entitled “Forms of Migratory Literature in Europe.” I am the review editor of Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, member of HASE (The Hellenic Association for the Study of English), ESSE (The European Society for the Study of English) and IAPL (The International Association for Philosophy and Literature). I also coordinated the School’s series of seminar talks entitled “The Problematics of Literature and Theory” for four years. I am currently working towards the setting up of the Laboratory of Narrative Research whose base is in the School of English at Aristotle University. As part of this project, I obtained a research grant of 4,000 Euros in 2011, organised a day symposium on “Narrative and Interdisciplinarity” in 2012 and co-organised a day conference on the novel, “Rethinking the Novel” in 2010. At the moment, I am organising the laboratory’s inaugural event, which will be a symposium focused on “personal narratives” and will take place in April 2016.
I am currently supervising PhD projects on Englishness and mid-twentieth century women’s detective fiction, gender and class in Neo-Victorian novels and Dickens’s political writings. I have also supervised doctoral research on contemporary Caribbean literature, the idea of community and the cultural politics of translation, and postgraduate research on a number of twentieth-century writers, from Tolkien to Jeanette Winterson, and recently the representation of war and violence in Tarantino’s films, in Andrea Levy and Sarah Waters’ fiction and Elizabeth Bowen’s novels and short stories. I have acted as supervisor for eleven successful MA dissertations and have been on the supervising committee of seven successfully completed PhD projects. I would welcome postgraduate students with interests in the fields of mid- and late-twentieth century and twenty-first century English literature, postcolonialism, postmodernism, questions of mobility, gender, national identity, theories of community and race.
For the last 15 years, I have been an ERASMUS academic coordinator, ECTS Coordinator for the School of English, and have generally represented the School in all matters concerning ERASMUS student and staff mobility (ERASMUS STUDIES, ERASMUS PRACTICE, ERASMUS MUNDUS). I have also been on a number of School committees over the years (such as the student affairs’ committee or the School’s internal evaluation committee).
“Modernist and Postmodernist Fiction(s).” Movements and Trends in English Literature. Yiannis Kanarakis, Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou, Effie Yiannopoulou. Ελληνικά Ακαδημαϊκά Συγγράμματα και Βοηθήματα, 2015. www.kallipos.gr. 152-183.
Globality, the Totalitarian Mass and National Belonging.” The Psychology and Politics of the Collective: Groups, Crowds and Mass Identification. Ed. Ruth Parkin-Gounelas. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.121-135.
Review of The Body by Lisa Blackman (Oxford, New York: Berg, 2008) for the Hellenic Association of American Studies (HELAAS), 2009.
«Μαύρη Βρετανική Λογοτεχνία και η Ιδέα της Ευρώπης» [“Black British Writing and the Idea of Europe’]. Δια-Κείμενα 11 (2009): 59-71.
“Homing Memories: Place and Mobility in Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark.” Packingtown Review (University of Illinois Press) 2 (2010): 3-12.
“Isak Dinesen.” Compendium of 20th Century World Novelists and Novels. New York: Facts on File, 2006.
“The Flesh Made Text Made Flesh: Some Thoughts on Solid and Sullied Bodies.” Co-authored with Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou and Zoi Detsi-Diamanti. The European English Messenger 13.1 (2004): 81-84.
“(M)othering Monkeys, (B)othering Texts and the Difference It Makes to Women.” The Other Within, Vol. 1: Literature and Culture. Ed. Ruth Parkin-Gounelas. Thessaloniki: A Altitzis, 2001. 291-7.
“Re-visiting Autobiography.” European Journal of English Studies (EJES) 4.2 (2000): 200-5.
“Autistic Adventures: Love, Self-Portraiture and White Women’s Colonial Dis-ease.” European Journal of English Studies (EJES) 2.3 (1998): 324-42.
“Isak Dinesen.” The Reader’s Guide to Women’s Studies. Ed. Eleanor B. Amico. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997.
“Devouring the Divine Subject: The Female Mouth in Two Dinesen Tales.” Gramma: A Journal of Theory and Criticism 3 (1995): 7-25.
Intimate Transfers. Co-edited with Maria Margaroni. Special issue of The European Journal of English Studies: A Journal of Theory and Criticism 9.3 (Autumn 2005).
Wrestling Bodies. Co-edited with Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou and Zoe Detsi-Diamanti. Special issue of Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism 11 (2003).
Bodies, Theories, Cultures in the Post-Millenial Era: Selected Papers from the International Conference The Flesh Made Text (14-18 Μαΐου 2003). Co-edited with Katerina Kitsi- Mitakou and Zoe Detsi-Diamanti. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2010.
The Future of Flesh: A Cultural Survey of the Body. Co-edited with Katerina Kitsi- Mitakou and Zoe Detsi-Diamanti. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
The Flesh Made Text Made Flesh. Co-edited with Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou and Zoe Detsi-Diamanti. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.
Metaphoricity and the Politics of Mobility. Co-edited with Maria Margaroni. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Publishers, 2006.
2014 “War on the Human in Black British Utopias.” The War on the Human: Human as Right, Human as Limit and the Task of the Humanities. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (27-29 November)
2014 “War in Black British Utopias.” The Violence of War: Experiences and Images of Conflict. University College London (19-20 June)
2013 “The Impossible Narratives of Andrea Levy’s Multicultural Utopias.” International Conference on Narrative. Manchester Metropolitan University (27-29 June)
2012 “Narrative and Interdisciplinarity.” Panel Discussion. Narrative and Interdisciplinarity. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (27 November)
2012 “Black Britain’s Multicultural Utopias.” Archaeologies of the Future: Tracing Memories, Imagining Spaces. The International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL). Tallinn University, Estonia (28 March-2 June).
2011 “Multicultural Justice in Andrea Levy’s The Long Song.” The Letter of the Law: Law Matters in Language and Literature. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (5-8 May).
2011 “Cosmopolitanism beyond the Colour Divide: Postcolonial Englishness in Postwar Women’s Writings.” Invited talk at the Centre for the Humanities, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (18 January).
2010 “Cosmopolitanism and the English Novel.” Rethinking the Novel. School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (23 April).
2009 “Rebecca West’s Balkans: The ‘Impossible Example’.” Double Edges: Rhetorics, Rhizomes, Regions. The International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL). Brunel Univesity (1-7 June).
2009 «Μαύρη Βρετανική Λογοτεχνία και η Ιδέα της Ευρώπης». Μορφές Μεταναστευτικής Λογοτεχνίας στην Ευρώπη: η Υβριδική της Υπόσταση. Εργαστήριο Συγκριτικής Γραμματολογίας, Τμήμα Γαλλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας, Α.Π.Θ. (6 Απριλίου).
2008 “Rebecca West’s Travelling Europe.” From Brazil to Macao: Travel Writing and Diasporic Spaces. University of Lisbon (10-14 September).
2008 “Englishness and Treason in Rebecca West’s Journalism.” The Individual and the Mass. 7th HASE International Conference. School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (30 May–1 June).
2007 “Rebecca West and the Treason of War.” 8th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness. Salzburg, Αυστρία (19-23 March)
2006 The Politics of Waste. Panel organizer at the European Society for the Study of English conference (ESSE). University of London. (29 August–2 September).
2005 “Heading South East.” Fortress Europe and Its “Others”: Cultural Representations in Film, Media and the Arts (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies). University of London (4-6 April).
2003 “Memory and the Gendered Politics of Relocation in Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark.” Places and Spaces: Culture, Memory and Identity. 6th British Council Symposium on English Studies in Europe. Delphoi, Greece (7-13 September).
2003 “Bookcrossing.com: Reading (Virtual) Space.” Invited talk at the panel “The Politics of Space: Reading Places.” Places and Spaces: Culture, Memory and Identity. Delphoi, Greece (7-13 September).
2002 “Metaphoricity and Postmodern Politics.” Co-organiser of panel (with Maria Margaroni, University of Cyprus) Translating Class, Altering Hospitality, 1st International Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CATH) Congress, University of Leeds (21-23 June).
2002 “‘Take not Thought for Food’: Culinary Piety and Feminine Excess in ‘Babette’s Feast’.” Eat and Drink and Be Merry? The Cultural Meaning of Food in the 21st Century, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) Conference, Amsterdam (3-5 Ιουνίου).