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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Dr Liana Giannakopoulou

(c) The University of Cambridge
Position(s): 
Senior Research Fellow, Greek Studies
Department/Section: 
Modern Greek Section
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
(+44) (0)1223 335043
Location: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Dr Liana Giannakopoulou is teaching Modern Greek Literature in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages of the University of Cambridge.  She is the author of The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Peter Lang 2007) in which she explores how poets shape their artistic identity in relation to ancient Greek sculpture. Her discussion unfolds in a comparative context including German Romanticism, the work of Rodin, Victorian reception of Greek antiquity, the ruin motif, the sensual and sexual dimension of sculpture, and issues of national identity and tradition. In her second book, The Parthenon in Poetry. An Anthology (in Greek, ELIA 2009) she has conducted extensive research on the presence of this monument in poetry from antiquity to today. In her paper "Μπολιβάρ, by Nikos Engonopoulos: sculptural monuments and the poetics of praise from Pindar to Abraham Lincoln" (MGSO 2015) she discusses the influence of Pindar's Odes and the relevance of Pindar's reception in the work of the Greek Surrealist Nikos Engonopoulos. She has also co-edited Culture and Society in Crete. From Kornaros to Kazantzakis (Cambridge Scholars 2017), a selection of papers presented at an international conference held in Cambridge.

Research interests: 

The relationship between Visual Arts and Literature

Classical Reception and Modern Greek Literature

The poetry of Ritsos and Engonopoulos

Thanasis Valtinos

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)

'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./li>

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