Ruth Parkin Gounelas

Emeritus Professor of English Literature

Ruth Parkin-Gounelas is Emeritus Professor in the Department of English Literature and Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a BA and MA (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a D.Phil. in English literature from Oxford University (St. Anne’s College). She is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. Along with Yiorgos Kalogeras, she was Managing Editor of Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism from 1993-2010. She researches in the fields of literature and literary theory, with specialization in psychoanalysis, science and feminist theory.

Publications (selected)

(With C Dimitris Gounelas). John Mulgan and the Greek Left: A Regrettably Intimate Acquaintance. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press (forthcoming, 2022).

“The Poem as Evental Site”. Gramma: Journal of Theory and Culture Vol. 27 (2020) (forthcoming).

“What Does the Poem Do?: Psychoanalysis After Badiou”. In Knots: Literature and Psychoanalysis After Lacan. Ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. New York: Routledge, 2020, pp.127-44.

“Rehearsing the Unexpected: Poetry and Rhythm in the (New) Age of the Poets”. In Garry Hagberg, ed. Literature and its Language: Philosophical Aspects. Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming). An earlier version of this essay has appeared in Λόγο Κάριν: Ένας τιμητικός τόμος για Κάριν Boklund-Λαγοπούλου. Ed. Kostas Yiavis. Thessaloniki: Epikentro, 2019. 193-216.

“Samuel Butler: The Way of All Flesh”. In Handbook of The English Novel, 1830-1900: Text and Theory. Ed. Martin Middeke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter, 2020, pp.629-43.

(With Mary Plastira). “Whose/ Who’s Greek?: Butler and the Homeric Question”. In Samuel Butler in Europe. Ed. Cristiano Turbil. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming).

Book Review of Michal Shapira, The War Inside: Psychoanalysis, Total War and the Making of the Democratic Self in Postwar Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. In Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media 2 (2018). War in Culture and Other Essays. Ed. Joseph Michael Gratale and Serap Ayse Kayatekin. 136-39.

“Poetry, automaricity and the animal body: Jacques Derrida with Emily Dickinson”. Forthcoming in Textual Practice 32.4 (2018). Now available at

"Regarding Animals Regarding Humans". War on the Human: New Responses to an Ever-Present Debate. Ed. Theodora Tsimpouki and Konstantinos Blatanis (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), pp.130-49.

Editor, with Introduction and Conclusion, The Psychology and Politics of the Collective: Groups, Crowds and Mass Identifications. New York and Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2012.

Interview with Ernesto Laclau in The Psychology and Politics of the Collective: Groups, Crowds and Mass Identifications. Ed. Ruth Parkin-Gounelas. New York and Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2012. 50-64.

“Helping Yourself to Heidegger”. Review Essay. Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism Vol. 18 (2010): 223-232.

“Post-Freudian Encounters between Psychoanalysis and Culture”. Hellenic Journal of Psychology Vol. 6, Issue 1 (April 2009): 38-50. (Special issue on “Freud’s Legacy”. Guest Editors Evrinomy Avdi and  Mary H. Kosmidis.)

“From Burke to Neuroscience: The Nature of the Emotions”. Reconstructing Pain and Joy: Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Perspectives. Ed. C. Lascaratou, A. Despotopoulou, E. Ifantidou. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, 75-95.

“University English Studies in Greece: A Brief Survey”. European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline, II. Ed. Renate Haas and Balz Engler. Leicester: The English Association, 2008, 133-149.

Review: Margaret Atwood: Feminism and Fiction by Fiona Tolan. Modern Fiction Studies (Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University Press) Vol. 54.4 (Winter 2008): 935-938.

“Mind Matters: Butler and Late Nineteenth-Century Psychology”. Samuel Butler, Victorian Against the Grain. Ed. James G. Paradis. Toronto and London: Toronto University Press, 2007, 195-219.

Editor (with Sean Homer and Yannis Stavrakakis), Objects: Material, Psychic, Aesthetic. Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism Vol. 14  (2006).

“Introduction” (with Sean Homer and Yannis Stavrakakis), Objects: Material, Psychic, Aesthetic. Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism Vol. 14 (2006): 7-17.

“The Insistence of the Object – and its Sublimations”. Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism Vol. 14 (2006): 141-159.

“'What isn't there' in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin: The Psychoanalysis of Duplicity”. Modern Fiction Studies (Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University Press) Vol. 50.3 (Fall 2004): 681-700.

Literature and Psychoanalysis: Intertextual Readings. Houndmills, Basingstoke (UK) & New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2001 (268 pages).

Editor, with Introduction (pp.1-8). The Other Within  Vol. I  (Literature and Culture), Thessaloniki, 2001.

“Antigone and the Tragedy of Desire”. (Dis)Placing Classical Greek Theatre. Ed. Savas Patsalidis and Elizabeth Sakellaridou. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 1999, 308-316.

“Anachrony and Anatopia: Spectres of Marx, Derrida and Gothic Fiction”. Ghosts: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, History. Ed. Peter Buse and Andrew Stott. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999, 127-143.

“Revealed or Hidden?: George Eliot's Other Gothic”.  Literature and its Presuppositions. Ed. Tina Krontiri. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 1999, 187-198.

“Aphonia and the Talking Cure: Language and Silence in Psychoanalysis”. Silence in Language and Literature. Ed. Ann R. Cacoullos and Mary Sifianou. Athens:  Parousia, 1998, 163-171.

“Learning What we have Forgotten: Repetition as Remembrance in Early Nineteenth-Century Gothic”. European Romantic Review (San Francisco) Vol. 6:2 (Winter 1996): 213-226.

“Eίναι ο γυναικείος λόγος διαφορετικός από τον αντρικό;  Eισαγωγή για μια θεωρητική προσέγγιση του θέματος”.  Γυναίκα και Λογοτεχνία. Eπιμέλεια Ξανθή Kατσαρή. Κομοτηνή, 1995, 64-72.

“Speaking ‘Likenesses’―and ‘Differences’: The Prose Fantasies of Christina Rossetti”. Victorian Literature and Culture (New York) Vol. 23 (1995): 147-157. (An earlier version appeared in Logomachia: Forms of Opposition in English Language/ Literature. Ed. E. Douka-Kabitoglou. Thessaloniki, 1994, 145-157.)

“Σχόλιο (1) στην  Εισήγηση της Nicole Ward Jouve”. Γυναίκα . Λογοτεχνία. Θεωρία. Eπιμέλεια  Τίνας Κροντίρη. Θεσσαλονίκη, 1994, 43-47.

“Katherine Mansfield Reading Other Women: The Personality of the Text”. Katherine Mansfield: In From the Margin. Ed. Roger Robinson. Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, 1994, 36-52. (An earlier version appeared in Women’s Studies Journal Vol. 4 no. 2   [December 1988]: 89-104.)

“The Other Side of the Looking Glass: Women’s Fantasy Writing and Woolf’s Orlando”.  Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism Vol.  1 (1993): 137-153.

Editor (with Yiorgos Kalogeras), Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism  Vol.  1 (1993).

Fictions of the Female Self: Charlotte Brontë, Olive Schreiner, Katherine Mansfield. London: Macmillan Press and New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991 (203 pages).

“Charlotte Brontë's Villette and the Textuality of Selfhood”. Women’s Studies International Forum  Vol. 14 nos. 1/2 (1991): 99-109.

“Heretic Narratives by Little Hands: Fictions of Female Selfhood in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel”. Eπιστημονική Eπετηρίδα του Tμήματος Aγγλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας  (Thessaloniki), 1990: 105-112.

“Katherine Mansfield’s Piece of Pink Wool: Feminine Signification in 'The Luftbad'”. Studies in Short Fiction  (South Carolina)  Vol. 27 no.4 (Fall 1990): 495-500.

“Afterword”,  Virago Press edition of Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm.  London, 1989, 285-308.

Συνεπιμέλεια, σε τρεις  Τόμους,  της Eπιστημονικής  Eπετηρίδας  του Τμήματος Αγγλικής, Α.Π.Θ. (1989, 1990 και1993).

“Katherine Mansfield Reading Other Women: The Personality of the Text”. Women’s Studies Journal (Auckland, New Zealand)  Vol. 4 no. 2    (December 1988): 89-104.

“Charlotte Brontë and the Critics: Attitudes to the Female Qualities in her Writing”. AUMLA (Australasian Modern Languages Association) Vol. 62 (November 1984): 151-170.

Review of two books on Samuel Butler. Victorian Studies (Indiana University) Vol. 26 no. 2 (Winter 1983): 232-234.

“Samuel Butler’s Cambridge Background, and Erewhon”. English Literature in Transition (Arizona State University) Vol. 24 no. 1 (1981): 17-39.

“Samuel Butler, Homoeopathy, and the Unity of Opposing Principles”. AUMLA (Australasian Modern Languages Association)  Vol. 53 (May 1980): 25-41.

“Samuel Butler’s Late Works: The Motives and Methods of a Controversialist”. English Miscellany (Rome, ed. Mario Praz) Vols. 28-29 (1979-80):  293-320.