Aliki Varvogli

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Snr Lecturer in English & Assoc Dean for Learning & Teaching



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.

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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

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

She has guest-edited, with Dr Tatiani Rapatzikou from the University of Thessaloniki, a special issue of the scholarly journal Gramma. Please visit 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.




Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction (New York and London: Routledge, 2012), 152 pp.

The World That is the Book: Paul Auster's Fiction (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2001), viii + 184 pp.

Annie Proulx's The Shipping News: A Reader's Guide (New York and London: Continuum Books, 2002), 84 pp.

Articles & Book Chapters

‘Home, Land, Security: Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs as a 9/11 Novel,’ Journal of Modern Literature, 37 (3), Spring 2014, 177-190.

'The Worst Possibilities of the Imagination are the Country You Live in: Paul Auster in the Twenty-first Century' in The Invention of Illusions: International Perspectives on Paul Auster, ed. by Stefania Ciocia and Jesús A. González (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), pp. 39-54 [].

'Radical Motherhood: Narcissism and Empathy in Russell Banks's The Darling and Dana Spiotta's Eat the Document', Journal of American Studies, 44:4 (2010), 657-673 [ (© Cambridge University Press)]

'Ailing Authors: Paul Auster's Travels in the Scriptorium and Philip Roth's Exit Ghost', Review of International American Studies, No 3.3-4.1 (Winter 2008/Spring 2009), 94-101

'The Inscription of Terrorism: Philip Roth's American Pastoral', Philip Roth Studies, 3:2 (Fall 2007), 101-114

'Thinking Small Across the Atlantic: Ian McEwan's Saturday and Jay McInerney's The Good Life', Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations, 11:2 (October 2007 ), 47-59

‘Underwhelmed to the Maximum: American Travellers in Jonathan Safran Foer’s 'Everything is Illuminated' and Dave Eggers’s 'You Shall Know Our Velocity’, Atlantic Studies, 3:1 (2006), 83-95

‘Exploding Fictions’ in Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Paul Auster, ed. by Harold Bloom (Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003), pp. 191-206.

‘The Corrupting Disease of Being White: Notions of Selfhood in Saul Bellow’s Herzog and Mr. Sammler’s Planet’, The Saul Bellow Journal, 16:2 (2000), 151-165

‘Urban Reality and the Metafictional Novel’ in Representing and Imagining America, ed. by Philip Davies (Keele University Press, 1996), pp. 130-7.

Dictionary entries on the life and works of Raymond Carver and Annie Proulx, The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary, ed. by Emory Elliott, Robert Clark and Janet Todd.

with Anastasios Varvoglis, ‘The Impact of Radium and Madame Curie in Literature’ The Chemical Intelligencer, April 1999, 49-52.

with Anastasios Varvoglis, ‘Chemists as Authors and as Characters in Literature’ The Chemical Intelligencer, April 1995, 43-5.