Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni
- Senior Lecturer (English Literature)
Vassiliki Kolocotroni’s main research interests lie in the areas of international modernism and the avant-garde, theory, intermedial studies, translation and film. She has co-edited The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism and Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents for Edinburgh UP, and was also the European literature editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, a major online project covering all aspects and manifestations of modernism in the world. In recent years, Vassiliki has studied the work of the Greek-American surrealist poet, activist and art historian Nicolas Calas. She 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Calas’s French poetry and his correspondence with William Carlos Williams, and as a separate volume the previously unpublished 'oral history' interview with Calas for the Archives of American Art (Ypsilon Books). She has also co-edited 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 forRodopi/Brill. These projects reflect her special interest in the subject of Hellenism and more specifically its uses by modern writers and thinkers, which is the focus of her next book. In preparation for that study, she has published articles on Freud, Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, H.D., Heidegger, Derrida, Benjamin and Brecht and their encounters with classical and modern Greece. She has also written on film, on the work of Julia Kristeva (including an interview with the theorist that originally appeared in Textual Practice and is now anthologised in a Columbia UP collection), and on modern motifs in Pater and Baudelaire.
Vassiliki was Head of English Literature from 2014-17. She was Head of the Graduate School in Arts and Humanities (2005-10) and Associate Dean for Postgraduates in the Faculty of Arts (2009-10). She is Director of the Research Network for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements and Associate Dean of the Scottish Universities' International Summer School. She is a member of the University's Gifford Committee and an elected member of the Council of Senate.
As Head of the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (2005-10) and Associate Dean for Postgraduates (2009-10), Vassiliki 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) and Caribbean Enlightenment (2010).
Vassiliki is currently (co)supervising a range of research projects, including theses on Theory-Fiction (Ashley Gordon), Benjamin Fondane and existentialism (Andrew Rubens), Joyce and the War Continuum (Linde Schaafsma), Fantasy and Feminist Mysticism (Taylor Driggers - with Maria-Daniella Dick), Mina Loy (Emma Ward), Models in the writing of W.G. Sebald (Matthew Evans), Oscar Wilde's Afterlives (Ana Markovic), Translingualism and Transmediality in Contemporary Women’s Poetic Practices (Pernille Ravn)
Completed projects supervised by Vassiliki 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) and the long poem 'Imperative Commands' (Nicky Melville).
Vassiliki has convened the MLitt in Modernities, the general courses in Literary Theory and Modern Literature 1890-1945 (Junior Honours). She is currently convening topic courses in Radical Theory and Modernism and the Politics of Gender (Senior Honours).
Vassiliki was Head of English Literature (2014-17). She is 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. She serves on the Editorial Board of Synthesis and the Journal of Greek Media and Culture. She has been involved with the Scottish Universities' International Summer School for many years as a tutor and director, and latterly as Associate Dean. Vassiliki is also the Director of Glasgow University's Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements.