Emmanouela Kantzia

Visiting Fellow

Affiliation
The American College of Greece
Concentration
Greek Literature
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.