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Dr Eleni Kefala, Senior Lecturer

Dr Eleni KefalaContact Details
Phone: 01334 463655
Office: Quad 27

Module surgery hours:

Tuesday, 12-1; Thursday, 11-12

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

Eleni Kefala holds an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the University of Cyprus. She has been Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, AHRC Early Career Fellow, and Dumbarton Oaks Fellow at Harvard. Her two latest monographs, On the Cusp of Modernity: Byzantium, America and the Trauma of the Conquest and Five and One Theses on Modernity: Buenos Aires Across the Arts, 1921-1939, are currently under review. Eleni works on twentieth-century Spanish American literature and visual arts, with a focus on the Southern Cone, and on comparative literature, with a growing interest in the early modern period. She is particularly interested in colonial/postcolonial studies, intellectual history and modernity from an interdisciplinary and transcultural perspective, and on avant-garde aesthetics and Borges. Her first monograph Peripheral (Post) Modernity (New York, 2007) probed cultural modernity in two countries never before studied comparatively –Argentina and Greece– and brought under scrutiny the conceptual category of ‘peripheral cultures’, while her edited volume Negotiating Difference in the Hispanic World (Oxford, 2011) explored 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. Eleni has published extensively in professional journals, translated Hispanic poetry and prose, and authored two poetry books. Her debut poetry collection Mními kai parallayés (Memory and Variations, 2007) was shortlisted for the prestigious Diavázo Literary Awards in Greece (First Book Award), while her second book Chronorraphía (Time-stitchings, 2013) received the State Prize for Poetry in Cyprus. She has presented her work in international literary festivals and been translated into French, Italian, Turkish, Bulgarian and English. For more on her poetry, see World Literature Today 92.1 (2018).

Eleni contributes to all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department of Spanish and the School of Modern Languages. She offers classes on a range of disciplines (literature, photography, painting, film), national literatures (Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Chile) and genres (poetry, short story, novel, essay), and is currently supervising three PhD students.


Dumbarton Oaks Interview - "The World Upside Down"

International Poetry Festival Voix Vives 2015

State Prize for Poetry 2014

Presentation of "Time-stitchings" at Ianos Bookstore

PhD Supervision

Brigid Cruzado, Isabelle Gribomont, Jenny Messenger


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

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: ResearchBook

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

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


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: ResearchChapter

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: ResearchEntry 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: ResearchChapter


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

“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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

'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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

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

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

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