Nikolas P. Kakkoufa

Lecturer, Modern Greek
Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Program in Hellenic Studies

(212) 854-9232
617A Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: Monday 2:15-3:15pm, Wednesday 4:45-5:45pm Profile

Research Interests

  • Modern Greek Literature and Culture

  • Comparative Literature

  • Aestheticism

  • Teaching modern Greek as a second language

Periods: Cretan Renaissance, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century

Research languages: Modern Greek, English, French, Ancient Greek, Latin

Nikolas P. Kakkoufa holds a bachelor in Classical Studies and Philosophy (2008) and a Magister Artium in Modern Greek Philology (2010) from the University of Cyprus. In 2015 he was awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Modern Greek Studies by King’s College London with the thesis titled ‘Athens – most foreign of capitals’: urban estrangement in Greek poetry, 1912-1993, which he is now in the process of turning into a book (forthcoming).
Before coming to Columbia as a Lecturer in the Classics Department, he has taught at Princeton University, at the University of Cyprus and at the University of Nicosia. His ongoing research projects are focusing on the comparative examination of Modern Greek and English/American literature (mostly Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman) and on the image of the city in literature. He has given presentations on the work of Vitsenzo Kornaros, Oscar Wilde, Kostis Palamas, C.P. Cavafy, Kostas Karyotakis, Nikolas Calas, Lefteris Poulios, Michalis Ganas etc. His current research focuses on Oscar Wilde’s reception in Greece in poetry, prose, theatre, and popular culture.

Selected Publications

Dangerous dreams and dubious visions in Kornaros’ Erotokritos. In From Kornaros to Kazantzakis’, Language, Culture, Society and History in Crete, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. (forthcoming 2017) 

‘Σατιρικά Γυμνάσματα: μια ιδιάζουσα εφαρμογή της ‘ποιητικής’ μεθόδου της ονοματοχρησίας’. [Satirical Exercises: the employment of the ‘poetic’ method of onomastics]. Proceedings of the Third Palamas International Scientific Conference, 22-26 of October 2013.  Athens:  Academy of Athens – Palamas Foundation. Volume A: 367-390.

Κάνοντας ‘βήματα πίσω’. Η Παραλογή του Μιχάλη Γκανά και το δημοτικό τραγούδι. In: A. Polimerou - Kamilaki, ed., 2013. Λαϊκός Πολιτισμός και έντεχνος λόγος (Ποίηση - Πεζογραφία - Θέατρο). (Athens: Athens Academy). Volume A: 471-482.