Staff Catalogue

Marinos Pourgouris

Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Apostolides, 207
10, Kallipoleos Ave.& 1, Eressou str.
Previous Positions:
  • 2005-2010 Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University
  • 1998-2005 Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University

Teaching at the University of Cyprus:

  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • The poetic metaphysics of Odysseus Elytis
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism and Literature
  • Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and the work of Nikos Kazantzakis (Graduate Seminar)
  • Post-colonial theory and Literature
  • Odysseus Elytis: Philosophy, Theory, Poetry (Graduate Seminar)
  • Oedipus in Theory and Literature (Graduate Seminar)
  • Postmodernism and Post-structuralism

Teaching at Brown University:

  • Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Levantine Cities: Alexandria, Istanbul, Athens (co-taught with Elliott Colla)
  • Literature and Resistance: Revolt in the Time of Oppression
  • Literature and National Identity
  • Mediterranean Islands
  • Western Travelers in Greece
  • Myth and Psychoanalysis
  • Modernism and Its Others (Graduate Seminar)
  • Odysseus Across the Centuries
  • Oedipus in Theory and Literature
  • Modern Identities and the Mediterranean (Graduate Seminar, co-taught with Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg)
  • Literature and the Idea of the Nation
  • Modernism: From Paris to Athens
  • Poetry and Music
  • Balkan Cinema: Shooting War, Conflict, Identity
  • Myth in Literature
  • Greek Modernism in Context

 Teaching at Rutgers University:

  • The Life and Works of Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Greek Cinema and Greece in Cinema
  • Odysseus in Literature: From Homer to Kazantzakis
  • Myth and Modern Greece-- Masterpieces of Modern Greek Literature
  • Introduction to Modern Greek Literature: 1970s-1990s
  • Introduction to Modern Greek Literature: 1820s-1970s
  • Modern Greek Language and Grammar (all levels)


Literary Theory (post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, nationalism, post-colonial studies), Modern Greek Studies.

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  • Τhe Cyprus Frenzy of 1878 and the British Press. London, U.K.: Lexington Books/ Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
  • Mediterranean Modernisms: The Poetic Metaphysics of Odysseus Elytis. Furnham, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, 2011 (Reprinted by Routledge, 2016)




  • Pourgouris, Marinos and Sanja Bajun-Radunovic (editors). The Avant-Garde and the Margin. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006
  • Pourgouris, Marinos (ed.), Οδυσσέας Ελύτης: Πρόσληψη, θεωρία, ποίηση. Πρακτικά Συνεδρίου [Odysseus Elytis: Reception, Theory, Poetry. Conference Proceedings] Athens: Ypsilon, 2014.



  • Pourgouris, Marinos. «Εθνότητα, ιδεολογία και αποικιοκρατία: η Κύπρος στην Αγγλική λογοτεχνία» [Nationality, Ideology and Colonialism: Cyprus in English Literature], in Διά ανθύμισιν καιρού και τόπου, ed. Michalis Pieris, Politistikes Ypiresies Ypoyrgeiou Paideias and Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2015.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Yannis Ritsos, Marxist dialectics and the re-imagining of Ancient Greece." In Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture, edited by Dimitris Tziovas, 282-296. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. «Φαινομενολογικές επιδράσεις στο έργο του Οδυσσέα Ελύτη» [Phenomenological influences in the Work of Odysseus Elytis], in Οδυσσέας Ελύτης: Πρόσληψη, θεωρία, ποίηση, ed. Μ. Pourgouris, pp. 31-37, Athens: Ypsilon, 2014.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Manolis Anagnostakis and the Modernist Discourse of Silence." In Manolis Anagnostakis: Poetry and Politics, Silence and Agency in Post-War Greece, edited by Vangelis Calotychos, 91-103. Madison, U.S.A.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Τοτέμ και Ταμπού: Ο Καζαντζάκης αναγνώστης του Freud" [Totem and Taboo: Kazantzakis as a Reader of Freud]. In Ο Καζαντζάκης στον 21ο αιώνα, ed. Stamatis Philippides, pp. 377-402. Heraklion: Panepistimiakes Ekdoseis Kritis, 2010.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Ulysses Gaze: The Myth of Balkan History." In Mythistory and Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans, edited by Tatjana Aleksic, 170-194. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Topographies of Greek Modernism." In The Avant-Garde and the Margin, edited by Sanja Bajun-Radunovic & Marinos Pourgouris.




  • Pourgouris, Marinos. «Η εφηβεία και το οιδιπόδειο σύμπλεγμα στο «Λουτρό» του Μένη Κουμανταρέα» [Adolescence and the oedipus complex in Menis Koumandareas's The Bath], Οιδίπους XV (2016), pp. 215-229
  • Pourgouris, Marinos (2014), "(Un)doing Literary Theory," Belgrade Journal of Media and Communications, Vol 3, No.6, pp. 9-21
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Poststructuralism, Comparativism and Modern Greek Studies." Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, May 2011, 109-19.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "The Phenomenology of Hoods: Some Reflections on the 2008 Violence In Greece." Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2, October 2010, 225-45
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Rey Chow and the Hauntological Spectres of Poststructuralism." Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, September 2010, 275 - 88
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Odysseus Elytis (1911-1996)." Dictionary of Literary Biography: Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature. Vol. 329., 2008, 422-29.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Nikos Kazantzakis, Nietzsche, and the Myth of the Hero."
  • International Fiction Review, Vol. 32, No. 1 & 2, 2005.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Για μια νέα ποιητική αισθητική: Η έννοια της Ελληνικότητας και η θεωρία των αναλογιών στην ποίηση του Ελύτη" [Towards a new poetic aesthetics: Greekness and Elytis's theory of analogies], Εντευκτήριο 70, Sept. 2005.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Nietzsche Contra Lukàcs: Politics of History and Epic Conceptions." Nietzsche-Studien, vol. 31, 2002, 241-252.




  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff" (Review). Journal of Levantine Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 Winter 2012, 203-07.
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "The Making of Modern Greece: Nationalism, Romanticism & the Uses of the Past (1797-1896)" (Review). Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 29, No. 2, October 2011, 291-95
  • Pourgouris, Marinos. "George Seferis: a Levant Journal" (Review). Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2, October 2009, 446-48