Stathis Gourgouris, Professor

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 1990. Professor Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects, ultimately entwined around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford, 1996) and Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford, 2003), and editor of the forthcoming Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham, 2009). Outside these projects he has also published numerous articles on Ancient Greek philosophy, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, Enlightenment law, psychoanalysis. He is currently completing work on two projects of secular criticism: The Perils of the One and Nothing Sacred. He is also an internationally awarded poet, with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, most recent being Εισαγωγή στην Φυσική [Introduction to Physics] (Athens, 2005). He has translated the work of various Greek poets into English – notably Yiannis Patilis’ Camel of Darkness (Quarterly Review of Literature Book Series, Vol 36, 1997) – as well as the poetry of Heiner Müller and Carolyn Forché into Greek. He writes regularly in major Greek newspapers and journals on political and literary matters. He is currently the President of the Modern Greek Studies Association. Stathis Gourgouris webpage.