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Postgraduate Programme 2015-16: "The Greek Element in Anglophone Literature"


"The Greek Element in Anglophone Literature" is a three-semester MA programme, comprising six courses evenly spaced over two semesters (Fall and Spring) and one final dissertation in the third (Fall). Its courses have a comparative focus and seek to trace the diachronic and ever-fertile links between classical Greek studies, continental philosophy, contemporary theory, and Anglophone literature from the 16th century to the present. The aim of this programme is to explore the intertextual and intercultural connections that arise from the continuously growing interpretation, translation, and rewriting of ancient Greek texts and myths in the western and non-western literary traditions, in early, but also late modernity.


This programme is geared towards students who have a considerable background in the study of Anglophone Literature and Culture and are familiar with twentieth-century theories of Comparative Literature. Aspiring to educate a broad range of literature-oriented professionals to view literature as a cultural product with an ideological impact on social communities, the programme offers participants opportunities to:

  • think critically about a literary work by resorting to 20th c. literary theories
  • investigate literary representations of cultural categories such as gender and approach literature as an ideologically loaded product, affected by historical and cultural factors
  • learn to employ comparative criticism as a tool to evaluate and explore deeper texts, philosophies and cultural conditions that are relevant to their studies and lives.


The courses offered, which are all compulsory, are listed below by semester:

First semester-Fall:

 Second semester-Spring:

 Third semester-Fall:

  • Final Dissertation


The  medium of instruction is English and classes are held in the form of seminars. The programme also includes lectures and symposia with the participation of distinguished scholars in the relevant fields. Students are required to participate in class discussions and submit assignments and research papers for each course. Attendance is mandatory and evaluation is based on the students’ aggregate performance in all the above, as determined by the instructor of each course. Candidates who fail in any two courses in the same semester are asked to discontinue their studies.

The third semester is reserved for research and the completion of a 15.000-20.000- word dissertation. Students may proceed with the M.A. Dissertation only after having successfully completed all their coursework. Dissertation guidelines are available here.


The programme commences every two years and a call is posted on the Faculty website. Information for the application procedure and admission requirements is to be found on our Greek website since eligible candidates are expected to be fluent in Greek.

Candidates who meet all the set requirements as well as pass both a written and an oral exam are admitted to the programme. A maximum of 10-15 students are selected for this area of study. Information on the entrance exam, including sample questions, is available here.


Ms. Stella Karagianni
Faculty of English Language & Literature,
School of Philosophy, Room 709,
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens,
Zografou 157 84, Greece.
Tel. +30 201-7277771