Modern Greek Studies Association

Professor Roderick Beaton

Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, Emeritus

King's College London

Centre for Hellenic Studies


PhD Modern Greek, University of Cambridge, 1977

BA English Literature, University of Cambridge, 1973

Principal Publications

Byron's War: From the Romantic Imagination to the Greek Revolution, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (338pp.)

(edited) Εισαγωγή στο έργο του Καζαντζάκη: Επιλογή κριτικών κειμένων [Introduction to the Work of Kazantzakis: Selection of Critical Texts]. Heraklion and Athens: Crete University Press, 2011, 726 pp.

Ο Καζαντζάκης μοντερνιστής και μεταμοντέρνος [Kazantzakis as a Modernist and Postmodernist]. Athens: Kastaniotis (2009, 203 pp.)

(edited, with David Ricks) The Making of Modern Greece: Romanticism, Nationalism and the Uses of the Past. Farnham: Ashgate (2009)

George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel. A Biography. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003 (512 pp.); Greek translation: Oceanida, Athens, 2003

An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature. Oxford University Press, 1994, 426 pp. Greek translation, revised and slightly expanded: Athens: Nefeli, 1996; paperback edition, revised and updated: Oxford UP, 1999, 420 pp.

The Medieval Greek Romance. Cambridge University Press, 1989, 261 pp.; 2nd ed., revd and expanded: London: Routledge, 1996, 301pp. Greek translation: Athens: Kardamitsa, 1996; Italian translation: Rubbettino, 1997

Folk Poetry of Modern Greece. Cambridge University Press, 1980, 229 pp., paperback reissue, 2004

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Areas of Specialization

Greek literature from the 12th century to the end of the 20th
the 'historical poetics' of the novel from ancient times to the present
the formation of Greek national identity

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Currently (2009-12) none except PhD supervision

Prior to 2009:
Greece between east and west (since 1800)
The novels of Nikos Kazantzakis
Literature and nation, 1: the making of modern Greece
Literature and nation, 2: Greece and Europe since 1922

Graduate (Master's)
Greek poetry in the 20th century
The Greek novel and its influence (1st to 21st centuries)

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