Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2020-2021
Kristina Gedgaudaite’s research interests fall within the fields of 20th century Greek literature and culture, cultural memory, migration, comics and graphic novels. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and a monograph based on her thesis Smyrna in Your Pocket: The Memory of Asia Minor in Contemporary Greek Culture is forthcoming by the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies Series. Previously, Kristina was a Marilena Laskaridis Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and Kostas and Eleni Ouranis Foundation visiting scholar in Athens. Kristina has taught widely on the topics of Greek literature, language and culture and has published on intergenerational transmission of memory in literature and comics. She is a coordinator of the partnership Rethinking Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century: A Cultural Analysis Network.
The project aims to assess the development of comics as a cultural genre in Greece, especially in relation to the graphic novel between 2008-present. Approaching Greek graphic novels as a site for both artistic innovation and social critique, the project brings critical attention to the ways in which comics can inform our views on present-day cultural landscapes and provide analytical vocabulary to assess their potentials. Relying on close reading of specific cultural texts, interviews with artists as well as archival research, the project foregrounds the distinct history of the medium in Greece, its own cultural archive, as well as the reasons for its flourishing during the recent years of the so-called ‘Greek crisis’.