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Dr Eleni Kefala, Senior Lecturer

Dr Eleni KefalaContact Details

ek30@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463655
Office: Quad 27

Module surgery hours:
On leave in Semesters 1 and 2, 2016/17

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

Currently, Eleni is on professional leave and Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.

Eleni Kefala received her MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge and held a Mellow Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 she was awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship for her interdisciplinary project “Spectacular Modernities: Buenos Aires Across the Arts, 1921-1939”. Her area of research is Spanish American literature and visual arts with an emphasis on the Southern Cone. She is particularly interested in issues of urban modernity, cultural nationalism, avant-garde aesthetics, postcolonialism and Borges studies. Her 2007 monograph probes postmodernity in two countries never before studied comparatively –Argentina and Greece– and brings under scrutiny the conceptual category of 'peripheral cultures'. She is the editor of the volume Negotiating Difference in the Hispanic World: From Conquest to Globalisation (Blackwell, 2011), which explores the various instances of cultural encounters in Spanish America from the Conquest to the present day, combining literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, translation studies and cultural anthropology. She has published extensively in professional journals and translated Hispanic poetry and prose. She is currently completing her second monograph on the iconic city of Buenos Aires in the interwar period, drawing on evidence from literature, film, photography and painting. Eleni is also the author of two poetry books. Her debut poetry collection Memory and Variations (Athens, 2007) was shortlisted for the prestigious Diavazo Literary Awards (First Book Award) and her second book Chronorrhaphy (Athens, 2013) won the National Prize for Poetry (Cyprus).

She contributes to all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department of Spanish and the School of Modern Languages. Her teaching covers a range of disciplines (literature, photography, painting, film), national literatures (Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Chile) and genres (poetry, short story, novel, essay).

PhD Supervision

Brigid Cruzado, Isabelle Gribomont

Publications

Χρονορραφία [Chronorrhaphy] (poetry)
Kefala, E. 2013 Athens: Nefeli Publishing. 101 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Negotiating Difference in the Hispanic World: From Conquest to Globalisation
Kefala, E. (ed.) 2011 Blackwell. 212 p. (The Bulletin of Latin American Research Book Series)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Μνήμη και παραλλαγές [Memory and Variations] (poetry)
Kefala, E. 2007 Athens: Planodion Publishing. 107 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Peripheral (Post) Modernity: The Syncretist Aesthetics of Borges, Piglia, Kalokyris, Kyriakidis
Kefala, E. 2007 Peter Lang. 303 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Introduction
Kefala, E. 2011 Negotiating Difference in the Hispanic World: From Conquest to Globalisation. Kefala, E. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 1-27 27 p. (Bulletin of Latin American Research; vol. 30, no. Issue Supplement s1)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Argentina
Kefala, E. & Marshall, B. (ed.) 2005 France and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. Oxford and Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Vol. 1
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

"Borges and Greece: Syncretism, Hybridity, and Irreverence in the Periphery" in Antes y Después del Quixote
Kefala, E., Archer, R., Astvaldsson, V., Boyd, S. & Thompson, M. 2005 Antes y después del "Quijote": en el cincuentenario de la Asociación de Hispanistas de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda . Valencia, p. 289-298
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Horacio Coppola: towards an aesthetic genealogy
Kefala, E. 2016 In : History of Photography. 40, 4, p. 388-412
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

“La gran América Ibérica” humanismo y utopía en los años veinte – el caso de Xul Solar: humanismo y utopía en los años veinte. El caso de Xul Solar
Kefala, E. 2012 In : Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 36, 3, p. 457-479
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Xul Solar, The Reluctant Utopian
Kefala, E. 2012 In : Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 89, 2, p. 253-279
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Borges and Nationalism: Urban Myth and Nation-Dreaming in the 1920s
Kefala, E. 2011 In : Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies. 17, 1, p. 33-58
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

La dialéctica de herejía y autoridad en Borges y Carpentier
Kefala, E. 2010 In : Revista Bimestre Cubana. CVIII, 33
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Impossibility of Hupar in Borges and Bioy Casares
Kefala, E. Jun 2007 In : Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 84, 3, p. 367-384 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Dialectics of Heresy and Authority in Borges and Carpentier
Kefala, E. Mar 2007 In : MLN. 122, 2, p. 342-349 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hybrid Modernisms in Greece and Argentina: The Case of Cavafy, Borges, Kalokyris, and Kyriakidis
Kefala, E. Mar 2006 In : Comparative Literature. 58, 2, p. 113-127 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Formas breves’ y ‘nudos blancos’: espacios poscontemporáneos de condensación (Trad. de María Victoria Suárez)
Kefala, E. Sep 2005 In : La Pecera. 9, p. 92-97
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kalokyris and Borges: A Study of their Syncretist Aesthetics
Kefala, E. May 2005 In : Journal of Modern Greek Studies. 23, 1, p. 65-96 32 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ricardo Piglia and the Syncretist Machine: 'Moral Stories' in the Postcontemporary Wor(l)d
Kefala, E. Mar 2005 In : Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 29, 3, p. 585-604
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Falsification, Robberies, and Irreverence in the Periphery: The Case of Borges and Kyriakidis
Kefala, E. 2005 In : Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism. 13, p. 165-182
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mouseion: The Counter-Institutional Agent of the Literary Utopias of Ricardo Piglia and Dimitris Kalokyris
Kefala, E. Jul 2004 In : Modern Language Review. 99, 3, p. 711-726 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Borges and Narrative Economy: Conservative Formalism or Subversion of Signification?
Kefala, E. 2004 In : Variaciones Borges. 18, p. 219-228
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Η (µυθ)ιστορία του σύµπαντος: Αριστοτέλης, Μπόρχες, Καλοκύρης
Kefala, E. 2003 In : Porphyras. 109, p. 383-391
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aristotle, Borges, Kalokyris: The Universe of the Poetics and the Poetics of the Universe
Kefala, E. 2003 In : Variaciones Borges. 16, p. 97-108
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Castellanos/Δηµουλά: Παράλληλες ποιητικές
Kefala, E. 1999 In : Mikrofilologika. 5, p. 35-40
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ο "Ερωτικός λόγος" του Σεφέρη: µια ανάγνωση
Kefala, E. 1998 In : Nea Epochi. 248, p. 32-39
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

'We are much less Greeks than we believe… A Literary Note on a Real Crisis': http://www.chronosmag.eu/index.php/e-kefala-we-are-much-less-greeks-than-we-believe-a-literary-note-on-a-real-crisis.html
Kefala, E. Jul 2015 Athens : ΧΡΟΝΟΣ
Research output: Other contribution

[Special issue] The Argentine Writer Ricardo Piglia  (it includes an introduction, translations and a biblio-biographical note).)
Kefala, E. Dec 2009 In : Planodion. 11, 47, p. 561-621
Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

[Interview] A Conversation with the Last Reader: Ricardo Piglia
Kefala, E. 2009 Planodion
Research output: Other contribution

[Translation] Poems by Rosario Castellanos, Alejandra Pizarnik and Cristina Peri Rossi
Kefala, E. Dec 2008 Nicosia : Anef
Research output: Other contribution

[Interview] Diez preguntas a Noé Jitrik
Kefala, E. 2008 Revista Iberoamericana
Research output: Other contribution

[Interview] In the First Person: An Interview with Dimitris Kalokyris
Kefala, E. 2003 Diavazo
Research output: Other contribution