Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Karen Emmerich

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Princeton University

Department of Comparative Literature


2010 Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

2006 M.Phil. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

2002 M.A. Comparative Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2000 B.A. Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Principal Publications


Translation and the Making of Originals, Routledge
(This title will be released on September 21, 2017.)

Book-length Translations

Christos Ikonomou, Something Will Happen, You’ll See. Archipelago [2016].

Eleni Vakalo, Before Lyricism. Ugly Duckling Presse [2015].

Sofia Nikolaidou, The Scapegoat. Melville House, 2015.

Amanda Michalopouou, Why I Killed My Best Friend. Open Letter, 2014.

Yannis Ritsos, Diaries of Exile (co-translated with Edmund Keeley). Archipelago Books, 2013.

Margarita Karapanou, The Sleepwalker. Clockroot Books, 2010.

Margarita Karapanou, Rien ne va plus. Clockroot Books, 2009.

Ersi Sotiropoulos, Landscape with Dog and Other Stories. Clockroot Books, 2009.

Amanda Michalopoulou, I’d Like. Dalkey Archive Press, 2008.

Miltos Sachtouris, Poems (1945-1971). Archipelago Books, 2006.

Vassilis Vassilikos, The Few Things I Know About Glafkos Thrassakis. Seven Stories Press, 2002.

Articles and Chapters

“The Academy in Crisis and Scholarship in the Public Sphere.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33.1 [May 2015].

“The Ordering of Things: Visual Syntax in the Poetry of Eleni Vakalo.” Word & Image 29.4 (2013). 384-408.

“Visibility (and Invisibility).” The Handbook of Translation Studies Vol. 4. Eds. Yves Gambier and Luc van Doorslaer. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013. 200-206.

“Reimagining ‘Image’ in the Poetry of Miltos Sachtouris.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 30.1 (2012): 1-19. Print.

“The Afterlives of C. P. Cavafy’s Unfinished Poems.” Translation Studies 4.2 (2011): 197-212. Print.

“ ‘Impossible Things’: Editing and Translating the Unfinished Poems of C. P. Cavafy.” Arion 17.3 (2011): 111-132. Print.

Department of Comparative Literature
104 Scheide Caldwell House
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ


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Areas of Specialization

Modern Greek literature, theories of translation, experimental translation, textual scholarship, visual culture

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