Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Nikolas P. Kakkoufa

Lecturer/Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Program in Hellenic Studies

Columbia University

Dept. of Classics


PhD. King’s College London, 2015
MA. University of Cyprus, 2010
BA. University of Cyprus, 2008

Principal Publications

Dangerous dreams and dubious visions in Kornaros' Erotokritos. In Culture and Society in Crete: From Kornaros to Kazantzakis, (eds. Liana Giannakopoulou and E. Kostas Skordyles) Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017: 33-66

Σατιρικά Γυμνάσματα: μια ιδιάζουσα εφαρμογή της ‘ποιητικής’ μεθόδου της ονοματοχρησίας’. [Satirical Exercises: the employment of the ‘poetic’ method of onomastics]. Proceedings of the Third Palamas International Scientific Conference, 22-26 of October 2013.  Athens:  Academy of Athens – Palamas Foundation. Volume A: 367-390.

Κάνοντας ‘βήματα πίσω’. Η Παραλογή του Μιχάλη Γκανά και το δημοτικό τραγούδι. In: A. Polimerou - Kamilaki, ed., 2013. Λαϊκός Πολιτισμός και έντεχνος λόγος (Ποίηση - Πεζογραφία - Θέατρο). (Athens: Athens Academy). Volume A: 471-482

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Areas of Specialization

Periods: Cretan Renaissance, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century; Research interests: Modern Greek Literature & Culture, Comparative Literature, aestheticism, teaching modern Greek as a second language

Ongoing research projects are focusing on the comparative examination of Modern Greek and English/American literature (mostly Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman) and on the image of the city in literature.

Current research focuses on Oscar Wilde’s reception in Greece in poetry, prose, theatre, and popular culture.

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

C. P. Cavafy and the poetics of desire 
Senior Research Seminar in Modern Greek Studies
Modern Greek Language and Culture
Modern Greek for Classicists, Byzantinists and Art Historians
Reading course on Hellenic Topics

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