Modern Greek Studies Association

Prof. Vassilis Lambropoulos

C.P. Cavafy Professor in Modern Greek
Professor of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature
University of Michigan
Department of Classical Studies and Program in Comparative Literature

Ph.D. 1980 University of Thessaloniki (Modern Greek)

B.A. 1975 University of Athens (Byzantine and Modern Greek)

Principal Publications

blog: The Tragedy of Revolution (2016-)

blog: Piano Poetry Pantelis Politics (2014-)

The Rise of Eurocentrism: Anatomy of Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 1993).

The Tragic Idea (Duckworth 2006).

The Text and Its Margins: Post-Structuralist Approaches to Twentieth-Century Greek Literature (co-ed., Pella, 1985).

“Classics in Performance,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 20: 2 (Fall 2002): 191-213.

“Must We Keep Talking about ‘the Balkans’?” Greece and the Balkans: Identities, Perceptions and Cultural Encounters since the Enlightenment, ed. Dimitris Tziovas (Oxford: Ashgate, 2003), 265-7.

“The Greeks of Art and the Greeks of History,” Modern Greek Studies Journal of Australia & New Zealand 11-12 (2004): 66-74.

“Humanism between Hubris and Heroism,” in Humanism and the Global Hybrid, ed. Mina Karavanta and Nina Morgan (Newcastle UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), 158-73.

“The Rehearsal of Antiquity in Post-modern Greek Fiction,” in A Singular Antiquity: Archaeology and Hellenic Identity in Twentieth-Century Greece, ed. Dimitris Plantzos and Dimitris Damaskos, eds.: (Athens: Benaki Museum, 2008), 163-71.

“Greek Chorus in 09,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 28: 2 (Fall 2010): 277-83

“Unbuilding the Acropolis in Greek Literature,” in Classics and National Culture, ed. Susan Stephens and Phiroze Vasunia (Oxford University Press, 2010), 182-98.

“Farewell to the Revolution!” in Manolis Anagnostakis: Poetry and Politics, Silence and Agency in Post-War Greece, ed. Vangelis Calotychos (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012), 115-30

"Left Melancholy in the Greek Poetry Generation of the 2000s after the Crisis of Revolution and Representation," invited Occasional Paper #10, Journal of Modern Greek Studies (June 2016), online

Department of Classical Studies
University of Michigan
2160 Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

(734) 764-0126
(734) 763-4959 (F)

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Areas of Specialization

Modern Greek culture
Classical reception and the classic
Civic ethics and democratic politics
Tragedy and the tragic
word/poetry and music

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Advanced Greek
Culture of Contemporary Greece
Greek-American Culture
Literature in Translation
Modern Poetry
Modern Prose
Seminars on politics, justice, canon formation, national identity and literary theory

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