Dr Aliki Varvogli

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Humanities, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Aliki Varvogli
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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. I have been at Dundee since 2001 and I am currently the Head of the Humanities Division.

I work in the area of contemporary American fiction, and my current projects include studies of forensic crime fiction and representations of work in contemporary American literature. I have strong research interests in the fields of immigration, social justice, and loneliness.

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

I currently teach courses on Multi-Ethnic American Fiction, American Modernism, and the American Short Story. I supervise PhD students working on crime fiction, sport and literature, and transmedia adaptation.

I am the recipient of the Teaching & Good Practice Award for raising awareness of employability and cultural diversity in my teaching, and the recipient of the Inclusive Practice Award for supporting entrants with atypical qualifications.


My research interests include:

  • Contemporary American literature;
  • Postmodernism and its afterlives;
  • Narratives of immigration;
  • Crime fiction;
  • Fictions of urban experience;
  • Literature and travel;
  • Literature and work
  • 9/11 fiction.

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

I am the author of three books: Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction, Paul Auster’s Fiction, and Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News: a Reader’s Guide. My articles have been published in Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in American Fiction, Symbiosis, Journal of Modern Literature, Journal of American Studies, Philip Roth Studies and elsewhere.

I am the series editor, with Dr Chris Gair (University of Glasgow), of Approaches to Contemporary American Literature. For further information, or to submit a book proposal, please visit Humanities eBooks website.

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Media availability

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Areas of expertise

  • America
  • Literature