Emmanouela Kantzia

Visiting Fellow

  • Concentration
    Greek Literature
    The American College of Greece
    Research Project:
    Demetrios Capetanakis: A Multilingual Poet, Philosopher and Translator

Emmanouela Kantzia received her A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has taught Modern Greek Literature and Writing courses at the University of Athens and the University of Cyprus as a Visiting Lecturer; at the program College Year in Athens (CYA); and at Pierce College. Her interests include 19th- century Modern Greek short fiction, literature of WWII and the Civil War, European symbolism and modernism, memory and narrative, and the intersections between literature and philosophy.  She has published essays on these topics, as well as a book-length study of Georgios Vizyinos.

About the Research Project

Demetrios Capetanakis: A Multilingual Poet, Philosopher and Translator

My project involves the study of Demetrios Capetanakis, a multilingual intellectual who enjoyed a reputation both in Greece and in the English-speaking world as a poet, philosopher, critic, translator, and spokesman of Modern Greek letters. Given his cosmopolitan background and the relations he maintained with a wide range of European intellectuals (Karl Jaspers, Ioannis Sykoutris, George Seferis, John Lehmann, Edith Sitwell), his works are of particular interest with respect to the history of ideas in inter-war Europe, as well as for the fields of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature. My short-term project is to complete a paper on Capetanakis’ lecture on Proust, a text which survives in four linguistic versions (French, German, English, and Modern Greek) and showcases the author’s bold synthesis of Platonic idealism and the philosophy of despair, as well as his joint approach to philosophy and literature. My longer-term project is to prepare a new edition of his works so as to make them accessible to a wider audience of scholars and readers.


  • Τα Καταλοιπα (1932-1944) (Βιβλιο Α & Βιβλιο Β)

    By Dimitrios Kapetanakis, Edited by Emmanouela Kantzia

    MIET Publications,
  • Τα Δημοσιευμένα (1933-1944) (Βιβλίο Α & Βιβλίο Β)

    By Dimitrios Kapetanakis, Edited by  Emmanouela Kantzia

    MIET Publications,
  • Πάραλοσ: a Journey into Hellenism

    Editor-in-chief Emmanuela Kantzia '96

    Program in Hellenic Studies - Princeton University,

Previous Roles

  • Visiting Research Fellow
    2016 - 2016
  • Undergraduate Student
    1992 - 1996