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Stathis Gourgouris

Professor of Classics and of English and Comparative Literature
Department: 
Classics Department
Office: 
608 Hamilton Hall
Email: 
ssg93@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-9638
Appointments
  • Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Member, Educational Policy and planning committee, Global Education Subcommittee
Biography

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 1990. Professor Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects, ultimately entwined around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity and democracy. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford, 1996), Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford, 2003), Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham 2013),and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham, 2010). Outside these projects he has also published numerous articles on Ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, psychoanalysis. He is currently completing work on two other projects of secular criticism: The Perils of the One and Nothing Sacred. He is also an internationally awarded poet, with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, most recent being Introduction to Physics (Athens, 2005). He writes regularly in internet media (such as Al Jazeera, The Immanent Frame, Re-Public), as well as major Greek newspapers and journals on political and literary matters. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

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