Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni
- Senior Lecturer in English Literature (English Literature)
My main research interests lie in the areas of:
- international modernism and the avant-garde
- classical reception
- visual art approaches
- translation and film
I have published widely on modernism, Hellenism, and on transnational and transcultural encounters (incl. journal essays and book chapters on Woolf, Joyce, Conrad, H.D., Freud, Rhys, Benjamin, Brecht, Derrida and Heidegger), as well as on the writing on Muriel Spark. In recent years, I have studied the work of the Greek-American surrealist poet, activist and art historian Nicolas Calas. I co-edited and translated Calas’s French poetry and his correspondence with William Carlos Williams, and as a separate volume the previously unpublished 'oral history' interview with Calas for the Archives of American Art (Ypsilon Books). I have also written on film and on the theoretical and literary work of Julia Kristeva.
I am Director of the Research Network for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements and Associate Dean of the Scottish Universities' International Summer School. I serve on the University's Gifford Committee and the Council of Senate as an elected member.
- The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism and Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents for Edinburgh UP ((with Olga Taxidou)
- The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (European literature editor)
- The Prime of Muriel Spark (Special Issue of Textual Practice - with Willy Maley) and New Queer Greece (Special Issue of Journal of Greek Media and Culture - with Dimitris Papanikolaou)
- In the Country of the Moon, an anthology of writings by British women travellers to Greece from 1718-1932 (Hestia), and Women Writing Greece, a collection of critical essays on gender, Hellenism and Orientalism (Brill) (with Efterpi Mitsi)
- I serve on the Editorial Board of Synthesis, Complutense Journal of English Studies and the Journal of Greek Media and Culture.
As Head of the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (2005-10) and Associate Dean for Postgraduates (2009-10), I was instrumental in generating AHRC funding for graduate research training initiatives, such as international conferences, one-day symposia, seminar series and exhibitions on interdisciplinary topics such as:
- Perceptual Experience (2005)
- Gender (2006)
- Oral History (2007)
- Modern Environments (2007)
- Magic, Art and Meditation (2007)
- Mourning, Memory and Landscape (2008)
- Art, Religion, Identity (2009)
- Caribbean Enlightenment (2010).
I am interested in supervising doctoral work in any area of international modernism and the avant-garde, mid-century experimental writing, cultural and critical theory, politics and aesthetics, and welcome particularly projects with a focus on classical reception, surrealism, intermedial approaches (visual art, film). I am currently supervising a range of research projects, including theses on:
- Sapphic Modernism (Molly Farrell)
- Mina Loy (Emma Ward)
- Models in the writing of W.G. Sebald (Matthew Evans)
- John Ruskin and W.G. Sebald (Diarmid Sullivan)
- Muriel Spark and Feminism (Kaiyue He)
- Translingualism and Transmediality in Contemporary Women’s Poetic Practices (Pernille Ravn)
- Contemporary women's auto-fiction (Dzenana Vucic)
- Theory-Fiction (Ashley Gordon)
- Joyce and the War Continuum (Linde Schaafsma)
- Oscar Wilde's Afterlives (Ana Markovic)
- The aesthetics and ethics of war and conflict in contemporary art (Maria Rossi)
- Benjamin Fondane and existentialism (Andrew Rubens)
Completed projects include theses on:
- T. S. Eliot's philosophical poetics (Fabio Vericat)
- cult fiction (Joe McAvoy)
- the British literary manifesto (Julian Hanna)
- late 19th-century British women travellers in Greece (Churnjeet Mahn)
- political performance art in 1970s California (Sarah Lowndes)
- women writers of the Beat generation (Katie Stewart)
- creolization in Caribbean writing (Lorna Burns)
- the cyborg in fiction and art (Warren Steele)
- encounters between modern Greek and English poetry (Konstantina Georganta)
- Nicolas Calas's curatorial work (for the London Consortium - Irini Marinaki)
- Dante/Joyce/Derrida (Maria-Daniella Dick)
- the representation of refugees in British media (Pauline Donald)
- Woolf and postmodernism (Derek Ryan)
- the role of public monuments in discourses of nationalism and reconciliation (Chrystalleni Loizidou, for the London Consortium)
- David Foster Wallace (Mark West)
- Hope Mirrlees and Jane Ellen Harrison (Nina Enemark)
- Alain Badiou's writings on poetry (Tom Betteridge)
- the modern Irish novel of formation (Shahriyar Mansouri)
- Borges's translations of Kafka and Woolf (Rebecca DeWald)
- American post-war fiction and the traumatised body (Argyro Filippaki)
- Virginia Woolf and the Short Story (Amy Bromley)
- Anna Kavan, Ann Quin and Alexander Trocchi (Hannah Van Hove)
- two creative writing doctorates on the historical novel (Ioulia Kolovou)
- the long poem 'Imperative Commands' (Nicky Melville).
I am currently convening topic courses in Radical Theory and Modernism and the Politics of Gender (Senior Honours).
I have convened the MLitt in Modernities, the general courses in Literary Theory and Modern Literature 1890-1945 (Junior Honours).
I was Head of English Literature (2014-17). I am a founding member of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and a member of the British Association of Modernist Studies and the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies. I have been involved with the Scottish Universities' International Summer School for many years as a tutor and director, and latterly as Associate Dean. I am also the Director of Glasgow University's Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements.