Karen Van Dyck


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Office hours: Tuesday 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Commons

Research Interests

  • Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora literature

  • Translation Studies

  • Gender Studies

  • Poetry


Karen Van Dyck received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wesleyan, Aristotle University (Thessaloniki), and Oxford. She created and directed the interdepartmental Hellenic Studies Program (1988-2016) and is a member of the Institute for Research on Women, Sexuality, and Gender (IRWSG), the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) and the Istanbul Global Center.  Current research interests include translation, multilingualism, typography, censorship and the arts, Greek Diaspora literature and the geography of language.

Her books include Kassandra and the Censors (Cornell, 1998; Greek translation, Agra, 2002); The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding (Wesleyan, 1998), The Scattered Papers of Penelope (Anvil, 2008; Graywolf, 2009), Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry (Penguin, 2016; NYRB, 2017; Agra, 2017) and the co-edited anthology, The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (Norton, 2009). Her essays, translations and poetry have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The GuardianLARB, Poiitiki and Tender. Here are some videos that the poets involved with her book, Austerity Measures, have created, and here is an interview about the Greek edition of the anthology. Here is a piece about her translation of Margarita Liberaki's Three Summers (NYRB, 2019).

Selected Publications

Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry (Penguin, 2016)

The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke (Graywolf, 2009)

Kassandra and the Censors: Greek Poetry since 1967 (Cornell, 1998)

The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding: Three Collections of Poetry by Contemporary Greek Women Poets (Wesleyan, 1998)