Modern Greek Studies Association

Maria Koundoura

Associate Professor
Dept. of Writing, Literature, Publishing

 Emerson College


Ph. D. 1993 Stanford University

M. A. 1986 Univ. of Melbourne

B. A. 1984 Univ. of Melbourne

Principal Publications


Transnational Culture, Transnational Identity: The Politics and Ethics of Global Culture Exchange I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd 2012

The Greek Idea: The Formation of National and Transnational Identities (London: Tauris, 2007; New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2007)


Nation and Culture: Reworking the Boundaries of Territoriality, Special Issue, Stanford Humanities Review, February 1993

Greek-Australian Literature, Special Issue, Epaphe, Univ. of Melbourne, 1986

Articles (selected):

"'We are All Greeks': The Case of Three Contemporary Greek Poets,' The Writers Chronicle May/Summer 2011

"On Transnational Literacy or, Notes from a Modern Poetics" Poitiki 5 (Spring/Summer 2010): 50-62

“Real Selves and Fictional Nobodies: Women’s Travel Writing and the Production of Identities” in Vassiliki Colocotroni and Efterpi Mitsi, eds, Women Writing Greece: Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel (Rodopi, 2008)

“Between Orientalism and Philhellenism: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s ‘Real’ Greeks,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 45:3 (2004), 249-264.

“Finding One’s Way Home: ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and Diasporic Identity” in Henry Jenkins, Tara MacPherson and Jane Shattuc, eds. Hop on Pop: The Pleasures and Politics of Popular Culture (Duke, 2002)

“Future Agonistes: The Practice of Criticism/The Politics of Reading in the Age of ‘Posts’” in Theodora Tsimpouki and Angeliki Spiropoulou eds, Culture Agonistes (Peter Lang, 2002)

“The Limits of Civility: Culture, Nation, and Modernity in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man,” Colby Quarterly (June 2001), 164-173.

“Multiculturalism or Multinationalism?” in David Bennett, ed., Multicultural States: Rethinking Difference and Identity (Routledge, 1998). Translated in Spanish and published in Temas 28 (Cuba, March 2002), 15-25.


“Homi Bhabha: Between ‘nation’ and ‘culture,’” Stanford Humanities Review, Vol. 3:1, February 1993

“Naming Gayatri Spivak,” Stanford Humanities Review, Vol. 1:1, May 1989


Yiorgos Chouliaras’ poems:

“At the Fountain,” “Churches,” Translation (Fall 2007)

“In the Center of Water,” Ploughshares 33: 1 (Spring 2007)

“Trap of Dreams,” Harvard Review 32 (Spring 2007)

Emerson College
120 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116


617 824 8236

Areas of Specialization

Literary Theory (postcolonial, transnational culture studies)

English Literature (eighteenth to contemporary, including literatures written in English)

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Travel Literature

Performing Cultures: East/West

Information last updated Sept. 24, 2012.

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