Vassilis Lambropoulos: C.P. Cavafy Chair, University of Michigan

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 22:30

"Diasporic Scholarship in the Global University" "Among scholars and other intellectuals in the Greek diaspora today, arguably the most dynamic network is that of Modern Greek faculty in English-speaking countries. This lecture will examine their modes of communication as well as their interaction with the public sphere in Greece and with Greek communities elsewhere. This transnational approach to the academic diaspora should be of interest to specialists in several foreign languages and national cultures." Since Fall 1999, Vassilis Lambropoulos has been C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Michigan, teaching in the Departments of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature. Before that, he was Professor of Modern Greek at The Ohio State University for eighteen years. Professor Lambropoulos received his B.A. from the University of Athens and his Ph.D. from the University of Thessaloniki. He also went to the University of Birmingham, England, as a Postdoctoral Fellow before coming to this country in 1981. He has been teaching courses in Modern Greek language, literature, criticism, and culture, as well as literary theory and comparative literature. Lambropoulos’ authored books are Literature as National Institution: Studies in the Politics of Modern Greek Criticism (Princeton University Press, 1988), The Rise of Eurocentrism: Anatomy of Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 1993), and The Tragic Idea (Duckworth, 2006). He has co-edited the volumes The Text and Its Margins: Post-Structuralist Approaches to Twentieth-Century Greek Literature (Pella, 1985, with Margaret Alexiou) and Twentieth-Century Literary Theory: An Introductory Anthology (State University of New York Press, 1987, with David Miller), and a special issue of the journal October, The Humanities as Social Technology (1990, with Eugene Holland). He edited “Ethical Politics,” a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly (1996). He has also published papers, articles, reviews, and translations in American, English, and Greek journals, periodicals, and newspapers. He is currently writing a book on hubris in modern theater.