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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Liana Giannakopoulou

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Senior Research Fellow, Greek Studies
Modern Greek Section
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom



Dr Giannakopoulou completed a BA in Greek philology at the University of Athens. She carried out her postgraduate studies in Paris VII-Jussieu, where she obtained a DEA in Formal and Theoretical Linguistics, and at King’s College London, where she conducted research for her PhD in Modern Greek Studies, specialising on visual arts and literature. Before coming to Cambridge, she was a member of the Departments of Modern Greek Studies and Comparative Literature at King’s College London where she taught modern Greek prose fiction and poetry, Cretan Renaissance drama and methods in comparative literature.


Teaching interests: 

Modern Greek Literature and Film
Classical Reception in modern Greek literature
Myth in modern Greek poetry
War and Trauma in modern Greek fiction


Research interests: 

Women’s Poetry and Classical Reception
Myth in Greek Women’s poetry
Classical Reception and Modern Greek Literature
The relationship between Visual arts and Literature
The poetry of Nikos Engonopoulos


Recent research projects: 

Dr Giannakopoulou is currently working on a book length study on the topic of myth in the poetry of Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke.


Published works: 

The Parthenon in Poetry (Athens: Hellenic Historical and Literary Archive, 2009)

The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007)

Culture and Society in Crete. From Kornaros to Kazantzakis (Cambridge Scholars 2017)


Further publications

‘Cutting the threads with words’: the Figure of Penelope in the Poetry of Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, in Knjiženstvo 11, December 2021.

"Μπολιβάρ, by Nikos Engonopoulos: sculptural monuments and the poetics of praise from Pindar to Abraham Lincoln",  Modern Greek Studies Online 1 (2015).

'The Parthenon in Poetry', Kambos. Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek, Vol. 15 (2007), 23-60.

'Cavafy and Sikelianos', Nea Estia, Vol. 1761 (November 2003), pp. 635-51.

'Statues and Stones in the poetry of Seferis and Ritsos', Kambos. Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek, Vol. 10 (2002), 37-64.