Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni
- Senior Lecturer (English Literature)
My main research interests lie in the areas of:
- international modernism and the avant-garde
- intermedial studies
- translation and film
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Calas’s French poetry and his correspondence with William Carlos Williams, and as a separate volume the previously unpublished 'oral history' interview with Calas for the Archives of American Art (Ypsilon Books).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 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.
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. And a member of the University's Gifford Committee and an elected member of the Council of Senate.
- Co-edited The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism and Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents for Edinburgh UP
- European literature editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism [a major online project covering all aspects and manifestations of modernism in the world].
- I serve on the Editorial Board of Synthesis and the Journal of Greek Media and Culture.
- 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 for Rodopi/Brill. These projects reflect my special interest in the subject of Hellenism and more specifically its uses by modern writers and thinkers [the focus of my next book]. In preparation for that study, I published articles on Freud, Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, H.D., Heidegger, Derrida, Benjamin and Brecht and their encounters with classical and modern Greece.
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 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 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.