Panagiotis Roilos / Παναγιώτης Ροϊλός / αγγλικά / απόδημος ελληνισμός Panagiotis Roilos Professor of Modern Greek Studies and of Comparative Literature

Panagiotis Roilos was born and raised in Greece. He studied at the University of Athens (B.A./Ptychion in Classics, Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature, 1991; class valedictorian) and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1999). Before joining the Harvard faculty he was Assistant Professor of Byzantine Literature at Ohio State University (1998-2000). Professor Roilos’ publications and research interests center upon Greek literature (postclassical, medieval, and modern), premodern and modern critical theory, European aestheticism (with a focus on Greek and British literature), German Romanticism and the classics, the Enlightenment, philosophy and rhetoric, ritual theory, anthropology and literature, orality and literacy, and comparative poetics. He is the author of the books C. P. Cavafy: The Economics of Metonymy (University of Illinois Press, 2009), Amphoteroglossia: A Poetics of the Twelfth-Century Medieval Greek Novel (Harvard University Press, 2005), and Towards a Ritual Poetics (2003; co-author with D. Yatromanolakis; Greek edition of the book, trans. by Manos Skouras and with a preface by Marcel Detienne entitled “For an Anthropological Approach,” 2005; Italian edition, forthcoming, 2010). His major publications also include the books Greek Ritual Poetics (co-editor; Harvard University Press, 2005) and Imagination and Logos: Essays on C.P. Cavafy (editor; Harvard University Press, 2010). In collaboration with Dimitrios Yatromanolakis he has produced the revised English (2002) and the revised Greek edition (2002) of Margaret Alexiou’s The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition (1974). He has conducted extensive fieldwork on oral traditional literature in South Italy as well as in Crete and the Peloponnese. His numerous articles include: “Orality and Performativity in Erotokritos,” Cretan Studies 7 (2002), 213-230; “The Politics of Writing: Greek Historiographic Metafiction,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 21/2 (2004):1-23; “The Novels of Nikos Kazantzakis: Heteroglossic Narratives and Ideological Misinterpretations” (in Greek), in Nikos Kazantzakis: His Work and His Reception, Herakleion, 2006, 271-293; “Ekphrasis and Ritual Poetics: From the Ancient Greek Novel to the Late Medieval Greek Romance,” in A. Bierl et al. (eds.), Literatur und Religion: Mythisch-Rituelle Strukturen im Text, Munich, 2008, 335-358; “Orality, Ritual, and the Dialectics of Performance,” in K. Reichl (ed.), Medieval Oral Literature, Berlin, 2009; “Ancient Greek Rhetorical Theory and Christian Discursive Politics: The Defense of Rhetoric in the Work of Ioannes Sikeliotes (11th c.),” forthcoming in the Festschrift in honor of Elizabeth and Michael Jeffreys. His current book-length projects are a study of the reception of classical tradition during the Enlightenment with a focus on the Greek diasporas in Hungary and Romania; a critical edition of the commentary on Hermogenes’ Peri Ideôn by the early 11th c. Byzantine rhetorician Ioannes Sikeliotes; and a book provisionally entitled Interdiscursivity and Ritual: Explorations in Patterns of Signification in Greek Literature and Societies (co-author; forthcoming, Saur Verlag, Leipzig and Munich). Professor Roilos has co-founded and co-edits Cultural Politics, Socioaesthetics, Beginnings and Harvard Early Modern and Modern Greek Library. He is a member of the Editioral Board of Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. He has been a Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (spring 2009) and has been awarded a Forschungsstipendium für erfahrene Wissenschaftler from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010). He is the Chair of the Humanities Center Seminar on Modern Greek Literature and Culture. He has also established a new series of lectures on modern Greek literature and society by scholars and intellectuals from a variety of fields (speakers have included Helen Vendler and Seamus Heaney). He is a Faculty Associate of the Center for European Studies and of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Research Seminar “Cultural Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” at WCFIA. Professor Roilos is also a member of the Steering Committee on Folklore and Mythology and of the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies. His numerous recent invited lectures included the 2007 Opening Lecture at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, DC) and the 2009 European Commission Lecture in Greek Culture (co-sponsored by Dumbarton Oaks). πηγή: