Theodore Koulouris is an academic working in literary and media theory especially in modernism.
He has researched literary Hellenism and published widely in the areas of literary and cultural modernism, with a special focus on mourning. He has more recently researched and taught in media studies and theory.
Koulouris (MA, DPhil Sussex) leads modules in media and critical theory on the following BA (Hons) degree programmes in the School of Media: Media Studies (MS); Media, Industry and Innovation (MII); and Media and Environmental Communication (MEC).
His areas of expertise include:
Media and literary theory (Marxism [esp. the Frankfurt School]; structuralism and post-structuralism [esp. Derrida and Foucault];
Media studies (esp. politics, ethics, and digital culture);
Post-1860s literature (esp. Anglo-American and European modernisms);
Feminism (esp. second-wave Anglo-American feminism, and gender performativity);
Twentieth-century representations of sexuality (esp. representations of same-sex desire in post-1860s British literature and culture.
Koulouris's first monograph, Hellenism and Loss in the Work of Virginia Woolf (2011), constitutes the first book-length study of Virginia Woolf’s intriguing relationship with British Hellenism and classical Greek literature; it explores Woolf’s engagement with Greek through the lens of death and mourning, and draws on hitherto unpublished material, the so-called ‘The Greek Notebook’ (1907-1909), a writing notebook in which Woolf kept notes, translations and analyses of Greek texts (including texts by Homer, Plato, Euripides et al.). The book has been reviewed widely and very positively by leading scholars in the field (Emily Dalgarno, Norman Vance) in prestigious scholarly journals - see research esteem.
Koulouris, Theodore (2016) Traumatic Europe: the impossibility of mourning in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz In: Hammond, A., ed. The Novel and Europe: imagining the continent in post-1945 fiction. Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature . Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 53-70. ISBN 9781137526267
Invitation to speak at ‘Democracy Rising International Conference’ (Athens, 16-19 July), organised by the Global Center of Advanced Studies (GCAS), alongside Tariq Ali, Jodi Dean, Alex Callinicos, Stathis Kouvelakis, Leonidas Vatikiotis, Paolo Gerbaudo, Dave Hill and representatives from Greece’s Syriza and Spain’s Podemos.. https://gcasblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/gcas-world-conference-athens-free-and-open-to-the-public/
‘Syriza, the Greek Elections and Jacques Derrida’s “Undecidability”’, for www.AnalyzeGreece.gr (Analyze Greece is a new online outlet sponsored by the Greek newspaper Avgi) – see here:http://www.analyzegreece.gr/notes/item/69-thodoris-koulouris-syriza-the-greek-elections-and-jacques-derrida-s-undecidability
‘Two Cheers for Hope’, in Roman Gerodimos (ed), First Thoughts on the 25 January 2015 Election in Greece. Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) part of the Political Studies Association (PSA), University of Bournemouth (available here: http://www.gpsg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/GPSG-Pamphlet-4-January-2015.pdf)
Review: Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison and the Spirit of Modernist Classicism, by Jean Mills (Ohio State UP, 2014). In Tulsa Studies of Women's Literature 33.2 (Fall 2014).
30 May 'Radical Democracy, Literariness and the Contemporary Independent Documentary' (conference paper at 'Chronicles of Crisis: Public Culture, Austerity and Documentary in Greece'. School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex (UK) - footage of the conference may be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/102429063
'Traumatic Europe - The Impossibility of Mourning in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz' (Work in Progress for Andrew Hammond (ed), Continental Fictions, forthcoming).
26-28 June 'The Elasticity of Outsiders - Three Guineas and the Politics of Negativity' at 'Modernism Now! Conference', British Association of Modernist Studies, Institute of English, London (UK)
May 2013 – University of Sussex, MA in English Literature Guest Lecturer / topic: ‘The Novel: The Name; the Genre; the Democratic Gesture’ (UK).
18-19 July 2012 – ‘Sophocles’ Antigone: Protest, Resistance, Ambiguity’ at ‘The Politics of Critique Conference’, University of Brighton (UK).
1 July 2012 – ‘Poetry Parnassus and the Southbank Centre on Tour – Speaking Volumes’ in collaboration with Ace Stories Brighton – A Conversation with poet Katerina Iliopoulou (Greece); Brighton (UK) - the interview, which covers the place of contemporary Greek poetry amid times of austerity and the place of the media in dealing with poetry and austerity, may be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/ace-stories-archive/katerina-with-theodore
Hellenism and Loss in the Work of Virginia Woolf, Farnham: Ashgate, 2011 (Monograph) http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409404453
‘Jacques Derrida in Virginia Woolf: Death, Loss and Mourning in Jacob’s Room’ inPacific Coast Philology (46: 2011); (Peer-reviewed journal essay)
25 September 2011 – Ace Stories Brighton; ‘Then the curtain rose. They spoke’: A Commemorative Event on Virginia Woolf. Theodore Koulouris and Rachel Bowlby in Conversation; Brighton (UK)
9-12 June 2011 – ‘Ambivalent Feminisms: Woolf, Greece and Gender’ at ‘Contradictory Woolf’, the 21st International Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Glasgow (UK).
Sponsored Lecture: 14 November 2010 – PAMLA 2010 Conference – Virginia Woolf Special Session; Chaminade University, Honolulu; ‘Derrida’s “Mourning” and Virginia Woolf’s “Death”’ (USA)
10 November 2010 – College of Humanities, San Francisco State University; ‘Modernism, Entopia and Loss: ‘Virginia Woolf and Odysseas Elytis’ (USA)
Reviews of Hellenism and Loss in the Work of Virginia Woolf (2011)
'… [a] thoughtful and illuminating study of Woolf's complex and distinctive engagements not just with Greek but with British Hellenism… Koulouris has given us a useful and stimulating contribution not just to Woolf criticism but to the emerging field of classical reception studies.' English
'Koulouris does a superb job of contextualizing Woolf's Greek Notebook in relation to Hellenism… The depth of archival research, the rich dialectical relationship he establishes between Woolf's Greek Notebook and "British Hellenism," and the account of Greek language and literature as especially crucial to Woolf's early conceptions of her own aesthetic make Hellenism and Loss in the Work of Virginia Woolf an important contribution both to Woolf studies and to Modernist studies in general.' Pacific Coast Philology
'The book provides a robust introduction to Hellenism and its pervading presence in the Victorian era in which Virginia Stephen was born, as well as a fascinating consideration of her entries in the slight Greek Notebook… Koulouris successfully gets us thinking, and he allows us to see the Greek Notebooks, with its relatively few entries, as a tantalising opportunity for Woolf scholars - as if it might be a magic key to open new understandings of the Woolf who continues to live, immortalised in the words that enliven her anew each time we return to them.' Virginia Woolf Bulletin
'The range of Woolf criticism has illustrated Woolf’s narrative techniques, especially in the novels, are so much a product of her vast reading of literary history that is impossible to definitively define their origins. Koulouris, however, has certainly shown that the Greeks were among her earliest and most powerful influences.' Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature
'This study offers a welcome reevaluation of Woolf’s relation to the Greeks and to British Hellenism and the consequences of her private study on her political views and aesthetics.' Virginia Woolf Miscellany
'Koulouris structures his understanding of Woolf’s encounter with Greece through ideas of loss and mourning, an association which leads to some interesting readings, but the book’s greatest value will be as an extended and revealing work of scholarship on the influence of an important cultural formation that fascinated Woolf throughout her adult life.' Women: A Cultural Review
‘…wide ranging, carefully documented, rich in specific insights, and a pleasure to read.’Woolf Studies Annual
College of Humanities, San Francisco State University (SFSU) to lecture in the College 9-16 November 2010.
The British Academy Conference Research Fund for ‘The Novel: Democracy’s Form?’, April 2007.
Reader for Pacific Coast Philology (PAMLA)
Associate of the Higher Education Academy of Great Britain (AHEA), August 2008.
Supporting Learning Award (SEDA, Staff and Educational Development Association UK), University of Sussex, May 2008.