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Vassilis Lambropoulos

C. P. Cavafy Professor of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature, Emeritus

Modern Greek; Classical Studies; Comparative Literature; Classics


Ph.D. University of Thessaloniki 1980

Fields of Study:

  • Modern Greek culture
  • classical reception and the classic
  • civic ethics and democratic politics
  • tragedy and the tragic
  • word/poetry and music


Blog on music, literature, friends, and resistance

Site on the tragedy of revolution

Books and Special Issues:

  • The Tragedy of Revolution: Revolution as Hubris in Modern Tragedy (in progress).
  • The Tragic Idea (Duckworth 2006).
  • Ethical Politics (ed., special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly, no. 95: 4, 1996).
  • The Rise of Eurocentrism: Anatomy of Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 1993).
  • The Humanities as Social Technology (co-ed., special issue of the journal October, no. 53, 1990).
  • Literature as National Institution: Studies in the Politics of Modern Greek Criticism (Princeton University Press, 1988).
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Theory: An Introductory Anthology (co-ed., 1987).
  • The Text and Its Margins: Post-Structuralist Approaches to Twentieth-Century Greek Literature (co-ed., 1985).

Select Papers:

  • "Neoliberal Austerity and Left Melancholy," Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2018
  • Review essay of Aamir R. Mufti's Forget English!  Orientalisms and World Literatures, boundary 2, September 2016.
  • “Left Melancholy in the Greek Poetry Generation of the 2000s after the Crisis of the Revolution and Representation,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Occasional Paper #10, June 2016.
  • “Eugene O’Neil’s Quest for Greek Tragedy,” in Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, and Patrice Rankine, eds.: The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2015), 211-29.
  • “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.
  • “Unbuilding the Acropolis in Greek Literature,” in Classics and NationalCulture, ed. Susan Stephens and Phiroze Vasunia (Oxford University Press, 2010), 182-98.
  • “Governance, Hubris, and Justice in Modern Tragedy,” Thesis Eleven 93 (May 2008): 22-35.
  • “The Rehearsal of Antiquity in Post-modern Greek Fiction,” in A SingularAntiquity:  Archaeology and Hellenic Identity in Twentieth-CenturyGreece, ed. Dimitris Plantzos and Dimitris Damaskos, eds.: (Athens:  Benaki Museum, 2008), 163-71.
  • “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.
  • “Stumbling over the ‘Boundary Stone of Greek Philosophy’:  Two Centuries of Translating the Anaximander Fragment,” in Festschrift for John P. Kozyris (Athens:  Ant. N. Sakkoulas, 2007), 193-210.
  • “The Greeks of Art and the Greeks of History,” Modern Greek StudiesJournal of Australia & New Zealand 11-12 (2004): 66-74.
  • “Must We Keep Talking about ‘the Balkans’?” Greece and the Balkans:  Identities, Perceptions and Cultural Encounters since theEnlightenment, ed. Dimitris Tziovas (Oxford:  Ashgate, 2003), 265-7.
  • “Classics in Performance,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 20: 2 (Fall 2002): 191-213.
  • “On the Notion of the Tragedy of Culture,” in Agon, Logos, Polis:  The Greek Achievement and its Aftermath, ed. Johann P. Arnason & Peter Murphy (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2001), 233-55.