Tina Krontiris is Professor Emerita of Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki. She specializes in Renaissance literature and
drama with an emphasis on Shakespeare and his reception in Greece.
From the completion of her doctorate in 1987 to her recent
retirement from active service at Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki she has devoted herself to teaching and research of
high standards. Her first major contribution, made through her book
Oppositional Voices (Routledge, 1992), was the idea that we
can rewrite Renaissance literary history to include women writers
not as oddities or passive victims of patriarchy but as active
subjects, who appropriated and opposed disabling stereotypes as they
negotiated their way through the contradictions of ideology and the
paradoxes of change. Her second major contribution was in the area
of Shakespeare. At Aristotle’s School of English, where she taught
for twenty-nine years, she organized Shakespeare studies almost
‘from scratch’, developing a structure that included a number of
regularly-offered elective courses (undergraduate and postgraduate),
as well as an extensive collection of library books that could
support MA and doctoral research. At an international level, she
contributed several ideas based on primary research material related
to Shakespeare’s reception in Greece. She consciously sought to
place Greece firmly on the global Shakespeare map, especially with
the idea that Shakespeare behaves differently in the cultural
environment of Greece and more so during moments of historical and
political crisis. In the past twenty years she has been the main
spokesperson on Greek Shakespeare, actively participating in World
Shakespeare Congresses and attending the biennial International
Shakespeare Conference at Stratford. She is a contributor to the
forthcoming Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia online
and The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global
Appropriation. Currently, she is continuing her research on
Greek Shakespeare, concentrating on ancient sites and national
- Β.Α. with High Distinction in English (University of
- Μ.Α. (George Washington University, 1978)
- Ph.D. (University of Sussex, 1988; thesis title:
“Women Writers and Dominant Ideology in the English
Renaissance”; supervisor: Jonathan Dollimore)
TK was born in Evia (Euboia), Greece. At 17 she emigrated alone to Boston, Massachusetts, and completed her
secondary education at Newman Preparatory School while working
part-time. In 1970 she was admitted to the College of Liberal Arts
of the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she acquired the title
of Edmund James Scholar (a mark of academic excellence) and earned
scholarships throughout her undergraduate course of study. Upon
graduation, she accepted a graduate Teaching Fellowship towards an
MA in English Literature at George Washington University, Washington
D.C., where she had the opportunity to conduct research and attend
seminars at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Between 1976 and 1979
she experimented with various professional jobs, including that of
manuscript editor for technical books, and in 1979 she took up the
position of adjunct lecturer in the English Department of
Northeastern University in Boston. In 1982 she moved to Greece
permanently and in 1984 she won a three-year scholarship from the
Greek State Scholarship Foundation for doctoral research in England.
Upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Sussex, she
returned to Greece, and in 1989 took up a tenure-track teaching
position at the English Department of Aristotle University,
Thessaloniki, where she worked until her recent retirement. She is
the unmarried mother of one son, who is currently working as a
software engineer in Stockholm, Sweden.
The following is a selected list of publications.
- Oppositional Voices: Women as Writers and Translators in the English
London & New York: Routledge, 1992.
- Women and/in the Renaissance.
Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2000.
- Ο Σαιξπηρ σε καιρό πολέμου, 1940-1950 [Shakespeare in Wartime].
Athens: Alexandria Publishers, 2007. Written in Greek.
- Μακμπέθ: κριτικές προσεγγίσεις [Macbeth: Critical Approaches].
Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2001. Written in Greek.
- Αντώνιος και Κλεοπάτρα: κριτικές προσεγγίσεις [Antony and Cleopatra:
Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2000.
Written in Greek.
- Ο Σαίξπηρ, η Αναγέννηση κι εμείς [Shakespeare, the Renaissance and
Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2002. Written in Greek.
- Shakespeare and the Idea of an Audience, a special
issue of GRAMMA, vol. 15. Ed. Tina Krontiris and Jyotsna Singh.
Thessaloniki: Aristotle University Publications, 2007.
- Η προσαρμοστικότητα του Σαίξπηρ [Shakespeare’s Adaptability],
ed. Tina Krontiris. Athens: Ergo, 2005. Contains essays by Peter
Holland, Michael Dobson, Kiernan Ryan, Tina Krontiris, and
Krystyna Kujawinska. [Translated into Greek.]
- Η Λογοτεχνία και οι Προϋποθέσεις της: τιμητικό αφιέρωμα
στην Τζίνα Πολίτη. [Literature
and Its Presuppositions: in Honour of Jina Politi]. Ed. Tina
Krontiris and Katerina Kitsi. Thessaloniki: University Studio
Press, 1999. Contains Greek and English essays.
- Γυναίκα, Λογοτεχνία, Θεωρία: Εργασίες Συμποσίου. [Women, Literature,
Theory: Symposium Proceedings]. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University,
School of English, 1994. Translated into Greek.
Articles in professional journals & book chapters
- Miranda, directed by Oskaras Koršunovas for Poreia Theatre in
of the performance, accessed on 14 April 2020 during Covid-19 Lockdown],
Cahiers Élisabéthains, vol. 101.2 (Fall 2020): 33-36.
- “Shakespeare’s Presence in the Land of Ancient Drama: Karolos Koun’s
Attempts to Acculturate Shakespeare in Greece,” in The Routledge Handbook
of Shakepseare and Global Appropriation, ed. Christy Desmet, Sujata
Iyengar and Mariam Jacobson. Routledge, 2018.
- “Greece in Shakespeare” and “Shakespeare in Greece.” The Stanford
Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia, on line. Ed. Patricia Parker. Stanford
University Press, forthcoming.
- "The Merchant of Venice at the National Theatre of Greece (1945)
and the Silencing of the Holocaust", Shakespeare Survey 67, ed. Peter
Holland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- "Shakespeare in Extremis: The Staging of the Classics by Greek Political
Exiles (1951-1953)", in Renaissance Shakespeare, Shakespeare Renaissances,
ed. M. Prochazka, M. Dobson et al, Univ. of Delaware Press, 2013.
- "Shakespeare and Censorship during the Second World War: Othello in
Occupied Greece", in Shakespeare and the Second World War: Memory,
Culture, Identity, ed. Irena Makaryk, University of Toronto Press, 2012.
- "Οι πρώτες μεταπολεμικές προσπάθειες ανανέωσης της σκηνής και η πρόταση
της Αυλαίας", Πρακτικά Γ’ Πανελληνίου Θεατρολογικού Συνεδρίου, επιμ.
Αντώνης Γλυτζουρής, Εκδόσεις Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης, 2010. [The first postwar
attempts at stage renewal in the Greek theatre: the Avlaia Theatre Company,
- "Henry V and the Anglo-Greek Alliance in World War II", in
European Shakespeares, ed. Carla Calvo & Ton Hoenselaars, a special section of
Shakespearean International Yearbook, Ashgate Publishing, 2008.
- "Shakespearean Histories and Greek History: Henry V and Richard II
the Greek National Theatre (1941, 1947)", Shakespeare and Europe:
History-Performance-Memory, a special issue of Multicultural Shakespeare,
vol. 4 (2007): 37-50.
- "Shakespeare and Conservatism during the Greek Civil War (1946-1950)",
Journal of Modern Greek Studies [Johns Hopkins UP] 25.2 (Oct. 2007): 195-212.
- "Translation as Appropriation: Vassilis Rotas, Shakespeare and Modern
Greek", Shakespeare Survey, vol. 58 (2005): 208-219.
- "Η μετάφραση ως μορφή οικειοποίησης Ο Σαίξπηρ στη δημοτική του Βασίλη
Ρώτα." In Η προσαρμοστικότητα του Σαίξπηρ, ed. T. Krontiris and K. Kitsi.
Athens: Ergo, 2005. 143-167.
- "The Omniscient 'Auctor': Ideology and Point of View in Measure for
Measure," English Studies [Swets & Zeitlinger], 80.4 (August 1999).
- "Αριστοτέλης, Σαίξπηρ και διακειμενικότητα: η περίπτωση του τραγικού
ήρωα" [Aristotle, Shakespeare and Intertextuality: the case of the tragic
hero]. In Η Λογοτεχνία και οι Προϋποθέσεις της, ed. Tina Krontiris and
Katerina Kitsi. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 1999. Written in
- "Tragic Character and
Ideology in King Lear," Gramma 5 (1997):109-123.
- "Noblewomen Dramatizing the Husband-Wife Conflict." In Readings in
Renaissance Women’s Drama, ed. Susan Cerasano and Marion Wynne-Davies.
London: Routledge, 1998.
- "Tragic Hero and Tragic Victim: The Othello-Desdemona Relationship in
Shakespeare's Othello," in Logomachia: Forms of Opposition in English
Language/ Literature, ed. E. Douka-Kambitoglou. Thessaloniki: Hellenic
Association for the Study of English, 1994.
- "Reading with the Author's Sex: A Comparison of Shakespeare's
and Massinger's The Duke of Milan," Gramma 1(1992): 123-36.
- "Style and Gender in Elizabeth Cary's Edward II," in
Englishwoman in Print: Counterbalancing the Canon, ed. A. Haselkorn and B.
Travitsky. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1990.
- "Breaking Barriers of Genre and Gender: Margaret Tyler's Translation of
the Mirrour of Knighthood", English Literary Renaissance 18.1 (Winter
- "Renaissance and Early Seventeenth Century Women's Writing", in
Annotated Bibliography for English Studies, on line & CD-ROM, Volume
304. Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1996-1998.
- “Lacan’s Theory of Language and the Fight Against Sexism,” Working
Papers on Language and Sexism, vol. 1.2 , ed. Anne Pauwels, Clayton
Vic.: Monasch University, Department of Linguistics, 1991: 43-51.
- “Sam Mendes’s Richard III at Epidaurus,” review of actual
performance, posted 16/09/2011 on
- “Γιατί ο Σαίξπηρ είναι διαχρονικός” & “Η παγκοσμιοποίηση της
μελέτης του,” στο ένθετο περιοδ. Βιβλιοθήκη, Ελευθεροτυπία,
10 Μαρτίου 2006, σ. 12-14, 22-23. [“Why is Shakespeare for all
time” and “The globalization of his study” in the Bookcase of
the newspaper Eleftherotypia, 10 March 2006].
- “Στην Ελλάδα με τον Σαίξπηρ: μια σύντομη ανασκόπηση της
παρουσίας του μεγάλου βάρδου στα ελληνικά γράμματα και στο
θέατρο με αφορμή την επέτειο των 400 χρόνων από τον θάνατό του,”
Το Βήμα, 16 Οκτωβρίου 2016. [“In Greece with Shakespeare:
a brief survey of the great bard’s presence in Greek letters and
theatre, occasioned by the commemoration of 400 years from his
death,” To Vima, 16 October 2016.]
- “Το χειμωνιάτικο παραμύθι,” πρόγραμμα του Φεστιβάλ Επιδαύρου
για την Παράσταση του έργου The Winter’s Tale (σκην. Sam
Mendes), Επίδαυρος, 21-22 Αυγούστου 2009. [“The Winter’s Tale,”
programme of the Epidaurus Festival for the production of
Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale (dir. Sam Mendes), Epidaurus,
21-22 Aug. 2009.]
- “Οι δολοφονίες του Μακμπέθ,” πρόγραμμα του ΚΘΒΕ για την
παράσταση του έργου Μακμπέθ (σκην. Αναστασία Ρεβή),
Θεσσαλονικη, Ιαν.- Φεβρ. 2016. [“The Assassinations of Macbeth,”
programme of the National Theatre of Northern Greece for the
production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (dir. Anastasia Revi),
Thessaloniki, Jan. – Feb. 2016.]
TK has taught in various colleges and universities in the U.S.
and in Greece. From 1974 to 1982 (before she acquired her PhD), she
taught mainly introductory English composition and English
literature courses at George Washington University, Chicago State
University, Northeastern University and Deree College (the American
College of Greece).
From 1989 to 2018 she occupied the following positions at
- 1989-1992: Lecturer
- 1992-1998: Assistant Professor
- 1998-2007: Associate Professor
- 2007-2018: Professor
Among the courses she offered at Aristotle University’s School of
English are the following:
- Survey of English Literature: the Renaissance
- Survey of English Literature and Culture I [medieval to
- Women Writers
- The Sixteenth-Century Lyric
- Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
- Shakespeare on Film
- Introduction to Literary Studies
- Introduction to Drama
Post-graduate (MA) level
- Shakespearean Drama: Text and History
- Shakespearean Drama: the Determinants of Interpretation
- Shakespeare and Violence
CREATION OF MA PROGRAMMES
Along with her colleague Zoe Detsi, Tina Krontiris was
instrumental in organizing, constituting and for some time
co-directing two successive MA programmes: Anglophone Literatures
and Cultures (2014-2016) and English and American Studies
(2016-present). This was the first joint effort to create a
postgraduate course of study that combined forces from the two
separate Departments of English Literature and American Literature
at Aristotle University’s School of English.
Doctoral research brought to completion
- Dimitra Dalpanagioti, The Translation of William Shakespeare’s Plays
and the Changing Concept of Womanhood in Greece (1875-1955). Completed
- Öz Öktem, The Representation of Muslim Women in English Renaissance
Drama. Completed in 2014.
- Dora Mavropoulou, Oi parastaseis tou Saikspir stin Ellada (1900-1950)
[Shakespeare performances in Greece, 1900-1950].
Co-supervised. Completed in 2007.
- Xenia Georgopoulou, The Fashioning of the Female in Shakespeare.
Completed in 2005.
- Effie Botonaki, Seventeenth-Century English Women’s Autobiographical
Writings. Completed in 1998.
Doctoral research currently in progress
- Dimitra Koutla, Colonialism in the Literary, Historical and
Philosophical Discourses of Early Modern England
TK has presented papers in numerous conferences round the world.
In addition, she has lectured as invited speaker at the following
institutions and venues:
Pisa, Italy, University of Piza, 12-22 November 2009. “The
Staging of Shakespearean Conflict and War Trauma: The Merchant of
Venice on the Greek Stage in 1945,” a plenary talk at the 8th
International ESRA Conference.
Lodz, Poland, University of Lodz, Department of British &
Commonwealth Studies, 10-16 November 2013. A series of lectures on
the following topics: “Eros, Poetic Subjectivity, and the
Negotiation of Petrarchan Conventions in Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia
to Amphilanthus; “Aristotle and Shakespeare: the Question of
Influence Re-visited with a Postmodern Concept of Intertextuality;
“Shakespeare in Wartime Greece: the First Postwar Producton of The
Mercahnt of Venice (1945).
Istanbul, Turkey, Kultur University, Department of English
Language and Literature, 7 April 2015. “Violence and/in
Shakespeare,” lecture in a symposium entitled “Myriad Faces of
Violence in Literature.”
Thessaloniki, Greece, Telogleion Foundaton of Art/ Aristotle
University, 22 October 2016: “Shakespeare’s Relationship to
Classical and Modern Greece.” An international symposium organized
by Tina Krontiris for the commemoration of 400 years from
Prague, Czech Republic, 17-22 July, 2011: "Shakespeare, War and
the Conditions of Performance", a seminar co-organized and
co-conducted by Tina Krontiris & Irena Makaryk within the Ninth
World Shakespeare Congress.
Thessaloniki, Greece, History Centre of Thessaloniki, May 2003:
“Shakespeare’s Adaptability.” An international symposium organized
by Tina Krontiris, with the with the support of the British Council.
Thessaloniki, School of English, Aristotle University, May 2003:
“Women/Literature/Theory.” An international symposium co-organized
with Ruth Parkin-Gounelas et al.
PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS (REFEREE & ADVISOR FOR)
TK is on the advisory board of two international professional
journals: Multicultural Shakespeare and Journal for Early
Also, at various times, she has been asked to evaluate papers
considered for publication by the following journals:
- Comparative Studies
- Cahiers Élisabéthains
- Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
- Multicultural Shakespeare
- Theatre Quarterly
- Borrowers and Lenders
TK is a regular invitee at the ISA Conference, which is
hosted biennially by the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford.
She is a member of: The European Shakespeare Research
Association & The International Shakespeare Association.
OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Creating & organizing a student Shakespeare company
In early 2016, TK formed a group of nine students into a theatre
company, named ‘The Bard Players’, with the purpose of
showing them how to do things with Shakespeare and how to present a
final product to an audience. She worked collectively and
intensively with the students for several months, teaching them how
to read iambic pentameter, how to interpret passages, how to make up
a play-text, how to construct props, and how to incorporate music
and dance into a performance. Conscious of the idea that the Bard
Players could be the start of a legacy that combined performance
with the teaching of Shakespeare at Aristotle University, TK
described the purpose of the group in detail, video-recorded its
performances and created a digital archive, which may be viewed
Connecting with the school communities
TK supported the University’s effort to reach out to the school
communities in several ways: she participated in the official
Mentoring System of the Directive of Secondary Schools of
Thessaloniki, explaining and demonstrating university coursework to
prospective students (1-10 December 2014); she supervised
performances of the Bard Players in the Experimental Primary School
in Evosmos, Thessaloniki (1 June 2016); she conducted theatrical
workshops for teachers and parents on Shakespeare Day at the
Artistic School of Thessaloniki (16 Dec 2016).
During her service in the School of English at Aristotle
University, Tina Krontiris contributed to the administration of the
School and the English Literature Department. Below are some of the
important administrative positions she held:
- Director of the Department of English Literature (four
years: 2001-02, 2002-03, 2013-14, 2015-16)
- Member of the Post-graduate Committee (2004-2016 with few
- Co-director of the MA programme in Anglophone Literatures
- Representative of the School of English in the University
Research Committee (2011-12; 2013-14)
- Representative of the School of English in the Faculty of
Philosophy Restructuring Committee, which was responsible for
reviewing the various programmes of undergraduate studies and
investigating the possibility of offering an interdepartmental
degree or minor subject (2013-2014)