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Professor of Comparative Literature and Classical StudiesProfessor C.P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek
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Fields of Study:
Modern Greek culture; classical reception; civic ethics and democratic politics; tragedy and the tragic; word and music.
Vassilis Lambropoulos received the Ph.D. in Byzantine & Modern Greek from the University of Thessaloniki in 1980 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 1999. He is the author of Literature as National Institution: Studies in the Politics of Modern Greek Criticism (1988), The Rise of Eurocentrism: Anatomy of Interpretation (1993) and The Tragic Idea (2006) and has co-edited the volumes The Text and Its Margins: Post-Structuralist Approaches to Twentieth-Century Greek Literature (Pella, 1985) and Twentieth-Century Literary Theory: An Introductory Anthology (State University of New York Press, 1987), and a special issue of the journal October, "The Humanities as Social Technology" (1990), and edited a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly, “Ethical Politics” (1996). He is the recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Greek National Scholarship Foundation (University of Birmingham 1979-81), a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1992-93), an Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award (1994), the Michigan Humanities Award (2005), an Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (Office of Greek Life, University of Michigan, 2005), and the Nikos Kazantzakis Award (Pancretan Association of America, 2006). He has delivered various endowed lectures, and served two terms as Vice President of the Modern Greek Studies Association. His ongoing projects include a book on hubris in modern tragedy, specifically, the self-destruction of revolution from Schiller to Weiss and Genet. Teaching interests in Comparative Literature include undergraduate courses on Greek myth in film and graduate seminars on Close Reading, Scholarly Debates, and Radical Theory.
Modern Greek Program
2160 Angell Hall435 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI