Professor D Papanikolaou

Dimitris Papanikolaou, BA (Athens), MA (London), PhD (London)
Associate Professor in Modern Greek and Fellow of



Dimitris’s research focuses on the ways Modern Greek literature opens a dialogue with other cultural forms (especially Greek popular culture) as well as other literatures and cultures; the other important strand of his research focuses on queer theory, the history of Greek queer cultures, and the difference they can make in people’s lives and social movements. He is committed to literary and cultural theory and the new perspectives they offer for the study of literature, culture and society.

He has written monographs on literature and popular music in France and Greece, Cavafy and the poetics of homosexuality, and the representation of Greek family in recent film, theatre and literature.

His next big projects include: a book titled Greek Weird Wave: A Cinema of Biopolitics (to be published by EUP); an edited volume of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture on sexuality, culture and citizenship in Greece; a study of cultural responses to the current Greek socio-economic crisis; and a longer project provisionally titled ‘Queering Hellas: Movement, sexuality and the place of Greece between the wars’, which looks into expressions of queer desire by writers who moved in and/or out of Greece in the 1920s and 1930s.


Modern Greek Literature and Culture, 19th and 20th century (convenor and main tutor for all the Modern papers). Greek cinema. Queer theory and Gender Sudies (in the MSt course). European Cinema. Cultural Studies (convenor of the MSt special subject).



Κάτι τρέχει με την οικογένεια: Έθνος, πόθος και συγγένεια την εποχή της κρίσης [There is something about the family: Nation, desire and kinship at a time of crisis] (Athens: Patakis, 2018)

«Σαν κ’ εμένα καμωμένοι »: Ο ομοφυλόφιλος Καβάφης και η ποιητική της σεξουαλικότητας [“Those people made like me”: Queer Cavafy and the poetics of sexuality] (Athens:Patakis, 2014)

Singing Poets: Literature and Popular Music in France and Greece (Oxford: Legenda, 2007) See excerpts on Googlebooks

Edited Books and Special Issues

Κώστας Ταχτσής: Ποιήματα [Costas Taktsis: Collected Poems, edited with notes and afterword] (Athens: Gavrielides, 2018)

New Queer Greece, special issue of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 4:2 (2018) [co-edited with Vassiliki Kolocotroni]

Cavafy Pop, special issue of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 1:2 (2015) [co-edited with Eleni Papargyriou]

Contemporary Greek Cultures, special issue of Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 3:2 (2012) [co-edited with Lydia Papadimitriou and Dimitris Eleftheriotis]

Queering Migration on European Screen, special issue of New Cinemas, 6:3 (2008) [edited with Derek Duncan]

Articles in journals

‘Critically queer and haunted: Greek identity, crisiscapes and doing queer history in the present’Journal of Greek Media and Culture 4:2 (2018), 167-186

(with Vassiliki Kolocotroni) ‘New Queer Greece: Performance, Politics, Identity’, introduction to special issue of Journal of Greek Media and Culture 4:2 (2018), 143-150

(with Vassiliki Kolocotroni) ‘On the politics of queer resistance and survival: Athena Athanasiou in conversation with Vassiliki Kolocotroni and Dimitris Papanikolaou’Journal of Greek Media and Culture 4:2 (2018), 269-280

«Εικοσιδύο θέσεις για την αναταραχή αρχείου», in Χάρις Κανελλοπούλου (ed.), Σύγχρονη τέχνη και αρχείο: Αρχειακές συλλογές, καλλιτεχνικές πρακτικές, προβληματισμοί, special issue of Κριτική + Τέχνη v. 6, AICA, Αθήνα, 2016, 229-238

‘The pensive spectator, the possessive reader and the archive of queer feelings: A Reading of Constantine Giannaris’s TrojansJournal of Greek Media and Culture, 1:2 (2015), 279-297

(with Eleni Papargyriou) ‘Cavafy pop: Popular reception, cultural productivity and the many lives of poems’, introduction to ‘Cavafy Pop’, special issue of the Journal of Greek media and culture, 1: 2 (2015), 183-190

‘Days of those made like me: retrospective pleasure, sexual knowledge, and C. P. Cavafy’s homobiographics’, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 37:2 (2013), 261-277

‘Modern Greek Studies at a Crossroads’, Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 3:2 (2012), 117-122

«Η νέα φάσις του έρωτος»: Ο νεοτερικός λόγος της σεξολογίας και ο Καβάφης’ [C.P.Cavafy and the modern discourses of sexology, ca.1900], Epistemonike Epeterida tes Philosophikes Scholes Thessalonikes, v.12 (2010), 195-211

‘New Queer Greece? : Thinking Identity through Constantine Giannaris’s From the Edge of the City and Ana Kokkinos’s Head On, New Cinemas , 6:3 (2008), 183-196

(with Derek Duncan) ‘Introduction: Queering Migration on European Screen’, New Cinemas, 6:3 (2008), 163-166

‘Demetrios Capetanakis: A Greek Poet (coming out) in England’, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 30:2 (2006), 213-235

‘ “Words that tell and hide”: Revisiting C.P.Cavafy’s Closets’, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 23 (2005), 235-260

‘Greece as a Postmodern Example: Boundary 2 and its Special Issue on Greece’, KAMPOS: Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek, 13 (2005), 127-145

‘Η τέχνη της χειρονομίας: Ξαναδιαβάζοντας τα 18 Κειμενα’ [The art of gesturing: A new reading of the anti-dictatorship collection 18 Texts], Nea Hestia, 1743 (March) (2002), 444 — 460

Chapters in books

«Πεθαίνει ρε ο Συγγραφέας; Μεταμοντερνισμός, πολιτισμική πολιτική και ελληνικές κριτικές αγκυλώσεις» [Does the Author really die? Postmodernism, cultural politics and Greek critical fixations], in Ourania Kaiafa (ed.), Η πρόσληψη των μετανεωτερικών ιδεών στην Ελλάδα [The reception of postmodern ideas in Greece] Moraitis Educational Institute, Athens, 2018, 29-50

«Πεθαίνω σα χώρα. Τόσα χρόνια μετά» [I die as a country: a reappraisal], in Ourania Kaiafa (ed.), Τομές, ρήξεις και αδράνειες στην μεταπολεμική Ελλάδα [Continuity and change in postwar Greece], (Athens: Moraitis Educational Institute, 2016), 205-226

«Λογοδοτώντας για τον εαυτό στον καιρό του ίντερνετ» [Giving an account of oneself in the era of social networks], in Ourania Kaiafa (ed.), Προς έναν νέο τύπο κοινωνικού ανθρώπου; [Towards new types of social relations?] (Athens: Moraitis Educational Institute, 2015), 29-50

‘Mapping/Unmapping: The Making of Queer Athens’, in Jennifer V. Evans and Matt Cook (eds), Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe post 1945, (London: Continuum, 2014), 151-170

«Όταν χάθηκε η άνω τελεία· Η μελοποιημένη ποίηση στη δεκαετία του ‘60» [Greek poetry set to music in the 1960s], in Angela Kastrinake et al. (eds), Για μια ιστορία της ελληνικής λογοτεχνίας του εικοστού αιώνα [Towards a history of Greek literature of the 20th century] (Heracleion: Crete University Press, 2012), 305-325

“Κάνοντας κάτι παράδοξες κινήσεις”: Ο πολιτισμός στα χρόνια της Δικτατορίας’ [Culture under the Greek Dictatorship, 1967-1974], in Vangelis Karamanolakis (ed.), He stratiotike diktatoria 1967-1974 (Athens: Ta Nea, 2010), 175-196. A shorter version published in the newspaper Ta Nea, see here and here

‘Στρέλλα: Μια ταινία για όλη την οικογένεια’ [Introductory essay on the film Strella: A Woman’s Way, published with the screenplay and an interview with the director and writer], Strella (Athens: Polychromos Planetes, 2010), 9-24. Review

‘«Αφεντικό, άνθρωπο δεν αγάπησα σαν κι εσένα»: Ο Αλέξης Ζορμπάς και η ποιητική της ομοκοινωνικότητας’ [Zorba the Greek and the poetics of homosociality], in S. Philippides (ed.), Ho Kazantzakes ston 21o aiona (Heracleion: Crete University Press, 2010), 435-475

‘Repatriation on Screen: Cinema, National Culture and the Immigrant Other since the 1990s’, in Dimitris Tziovas (ed.)’, Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700 (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2009), 257-272

‘Δέκα χρόνια κομμάτια: Τα ρέστα, ο Ταχτσής και η εποχή τους’ [essay on K.Taktsis’s short story cycle Small Change, published with the new edition of the book], in Costas Taktsis, Ta Resta (Athens: Gavrielides, 2009), 172-189; a shorter version published in newspaper Ta Nea, see here and here

‘Εθνική κουλτούρα, πολιτισμική ιδιαιτερότητα και πεζή μοναδικότητα’ [National culture, cultural specificity and banal exceptionalism], in Dimitris Plantzos (ed.), Pagkosmiopoiese kai ethnike koultoura [Globalization and National Culture] (Athens: Alexandreia, 2009), 138-158

‘Between Philhellenism and Greek Eros: Reading Christopher Isherwood’s and William Plomer’s “Greece” ’, in Evangelos Konstantinou (ed.), Das Bild Griechenlands im Spiegel der Völker (17. bis 20. Jahrhundert) (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2008), 421-432

‘Οι μεταμορφώσεις του Ζορμπά’ [Zorba and popular music], in N. Psychogios (ed.), Nikos Kazantzakis: To ergo kai he proslepse tou (Herakleion: Centre for Cretan Literature, 2006), 91-108

Ξαναδιαβάζοντας τον ελληνικό κόσμο του Διονύση Σαββόπουλου’ [Dionysis Savvopoulos’s “Hellenic world”], Third European Conference on Modern Greek Studies, print version in The Greek World From Enlightenment to the 20th century, ed. K. Dimadis (Athens: Ellenika Grammata, 2006), v. III, 647-656

‘Το νησί ως ουτοπία, δυστοπία, μύθος και γραφή στον Λοιμό του Αντρέα Φραγκιά’ [Utopia, dystopia, myth and writing in A. Fragias’s Loimos], in Asterios Argyriou (ed.), Greece of the Islands: Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the European Society of Modern Greek Studies (Athens: Ellenika Grammata, 2004), vol. I, 629-639

Shorter articles and review essays (selected)

‘C. P. Cavafy’, in Howard Chiang, et al. (eds), Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, New York: Macmillan, 2019, 305-310

«Η λογοκρισία της ομοφυλοφιλίας στον μακρό εικοστό αιώνα»  [‘Censorship and homosexuality in the long 20th century], in Penelope Petsinis and Dimitris Christopoulos (eds), Λεξικό λογοκρισίας στην Ελλάδα [Dictionary of Censorship in Greece], Athens: Kastaniotis, 2018, 206-220

‘How metonymical are you? Notes on biopolitical realism’, in Orestis Andreadakis and Geli Mademli (eds) Non Catalog, Thessaloniki: Documentary Film Festival, 2019, 104-125

‘Γυρίζοντας (από) πίσω: Ο Ιωάννου και ο Λαπαθιώτης στο αρχείο των συναισθημάτων’  [Ioannou and Lapathiotis in the archive of feelings] first published in the programme notes for the performance Lapathiotis by avantgarde group Bijoux de Kant and republished in Chronos, v. 56-57 (January 2018)

‘Archive Trouble, 2017’, in Kateryna Botanova, Christos Chryssopoulos and Jurriaan Cooiman (eds) Culturescapes: Archaeology of the Future (Basel: Cristoph Merian Verlag, 2017), 38-52

«Καθώς τους βλέπω να κοιμούνται»/ ‘As I watch them sleep’, in Theofilos Tramboulis and Yorgos Tzirtzilakis (eds), Sleep (exhibition catalogue), (Athens: Onassis Cultural Foundation, 2016), 58-63 (engl) and 66-71 (greek)

‘Athens is Burning’ in Anna Poupou, Afroditi Nikolaidou and Eirini Sifaki (eds), World Film Locations: Athens, (London: Intellect, 2014), 28-29

‘H απόφαση της λησμονιάς: το ΑΚΟΕ, τα μεταδικτατορικά κινήματα και η αφασία της δημόσιας σφαίρας’, in Αρχειοτάξιο, v. 15 (2013), 84-87

‘Archive Trouble: Cultural Responses to the Greek Crisis’, in Penelope Papailias (ed.), Beyond the Greek Crisis: Histories, Rhetorics, Politics; Web Hotspot published by the journal Cultural Anthropology, October 2011

‘Ο Κακογιάννης, ο Ζορμπάς κι ο Έλληνας’ [Cacoyannis, Zorba and the Greek], The Books’ Journal, v. 11 (September 2011), 58-61

‘Ηλίας Πετρόπουλος: Ομιλείτε την Καλιαρντήν;’[Do you speak Kaliarda? Elias Petropoulos and the the study of Greek subcultures], The Books’ Journal, v. 7 (May 2011), 62-69

‘Ο Καβάφης στον 21ο αιώνα’ [Cavafy in the 21st century; position article on the impliations of new research on Cavafy], The Books’ Journal, v. 4 (February 2011), 41-49

‘Κάτι τρέχει με την Οικογένεια’ [Greek family, representation and the new crisis archive], The Books’ Journal, v. 1 (November 2010), 96-98

‘Γιάννης Τσαρούχης: Το μυστικό της ελληνικότητας’ [Yannis Tsarouchis and the poetics of homosociality], The Athens Review of Books, v. 5 (March 2010), 3-6

‘Για τη Θεωρία, που μας μεγάλωσε’ [Literary Theory: A personal narrative], in Kostas Voulgaris (ed.), Logotechnia, Theoria, Aristera (Perasma: Athens, 2008), 160-165

(with Derek Duncan) ‘Popular Culture’ [covering books published in 2005 and 2006], in Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory v. 16, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 302-324

‘‘From the Darkrooms of Philology’, Position article on Cavafy and Sexuality; part of the ‘University of Michigan C.P.Cavafy Forum’, (2006)

(with Derek Duncan), ‘Popular Culture’ [covering books published in 2004] ‘, Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory v. 14, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 152-172

‘Cinema as a Political Act: The art of Costa-Gavras and Theo Angelopoulos ‘, The Anglo-Hellenic Review, 29 (Spring 2004), 11

‘Setting Seferis’ poetry to music’, George Seferis: Centenary Celebrations (Hellenic Foundation for Culture, 2000), 7 — 12


Mark Doty, ‘To Cavafy and other poems’, Poiese, v. 24 (December 2004)

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