Aliki Varvogli

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Snr Lecturer in English & Assoc Dean for Learning & Teaching

Bio

Biography

I was born and raised in Greece, where I studied English and American Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I then completed my MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia, and I have been at Dundee since 2001.

I work in the area of contemporary American fiction, and my current projects include studies of ‘credit crunch fiction’ and of the police procedural.

I have published books, articles and book chapters on various American authors, including Paul Auster, Philip Roth, Annie Proulx, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others.

I currently teach courses on Multi-Ethnic American Fiction and American Crime Fiction and I contribute to the Creative Writing Master’s Programme.  I am also the Learning & Teaching Co-ordinator for English.

Dr Varvogli was a 2015 joint winner of a CASS Teaching & Good Practice Award in the category Quite Amazing, for her work in raising awareness of employability and cultural diversity with her 'Other Americas' module.

Research interests

Dr Varvogli's research interests include:

  • Contemporary American literature;
  • Postmodernism;
  • narratives of immigration;
  • crime fiction;
  • literature and the urban experience;
  • literature and travel;
  • transatlanticism;
  • 9/11 fiction.

My current work focuses on American literary responses to financial crisis, and I am also working on the police procedural and forensic thriller genres.

I would welcome PhD proposals in any of the areas listed above.

AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details.

Dr Varvogli's most recent publication is Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction. The book discusses, among others, Russell Banks, Jonathan Safran Foer, Amy Tan, Ethan Canin and Chang-rae Lee.

Dr Varvogli is the series editor, with Dr Chris Gair from the University of Glasgow, of Approaches to Contemporary American Literature. For further information, or to submit a book proposal, please visit www.humanities-ebooks.co.uk.

She has guest-edited, with Dr Tatiani Rapatzikou from the University of Thessaloniki, a special issue of the scholarly journal Gramma. Please visit www.enl.auth.gr/gramma to find out more about the journal.

Dr Varvogli has also contributed entries on the American novel for Encarta, and is working on entries on Annie Proulx and Jonathan Safran Foer for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Fiction.

Publications

Andrew Pepper, Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, £55.00). Pp. 269. isbn978 0 1987 1618 1.
8/2018, Journal of American Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Urban Mobility and Race : Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and Teju Cole's Open City
12/2017, Studies in American Fiction
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Borders and Mixed-Race Fictions
/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

CYRUS RK PATELL. Emergent US Literatures: From Multiculturalism to Cosmopolitanism in the Late Twentieth Century
11/2015, Review of English Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

‘Home, Land, Security: : Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs as a 9/11 Novel’
/2014, Journal of Modern Literature
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Travel and dislocation in contemporary American fiction
/2012
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

"The Worst Possibilities of the Imagination are the Country You Live In" : Paul Auster in the Twenty-First Century
/2011
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

Radical Motherhood: : Narcissism and Empathy in Russell Banks's The Darling and Dana Spiotta's Eat the Document
11/2010, Journal of American Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Ailing Authors : Paul Auster's Travels in the Scriptorium and Philip Roth's Exit Ghost
/2008, Review of International American Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The Inscription of Terrorism : Philip Roth's American Pastoral
/2008, Philip Roth Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Press

Take pity on forensic scientists – crime writers make their lives a nightmare

Aliki Varvogli

7/09/17

1 Media contribution

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Dundee University to offer postgraduate degree in crime fiction

Aliki Varvogli

5/06/17

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Activities

American Literature Association

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2018

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University of Copenhagen

Aliki Varvogli (Visiting researcher)
23 Aug 2017

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Symbiosis Biennial conference

Aliki Varvogli (Participant)
6 Jul 2017

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American Literature association

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25 May 2017

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BAAS

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American Literature Associaion

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American Literature Associaion

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May 2014 → …

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