Penelope Tambakaki

Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2008-2009

Degree
Modern Greek Studies, King’s College London, 2007
Dissertation
The ‘Musical Poetics’ of George Seferis: A Case Study in the Relationship of Modernist Poetry to Music
Research Project
The Musical Experience of Modernist Poets and Their ‘Musical Poetics’: The Case of George Seferis

Polina Tambakaki received her Ph.D. from King’s College London with a dissertation on “The ‘Musical Poetics’ of George Seferis: A Case Study in the Relationship of Modernist Poetry to Music.” Her research draws on musicological and cultural studies about the musical experience of the ordinary listener, and on literary studies focusing on the reading experience. Her study ‘Gymnopaidies’ by George Seferis-Erik Satie (2002, in Greek) dealt with the musical allusions of Seferis’s collection Gymnopaidia. Her research interests also include the allusions of modern poets to ancient texts. Her most recent article “A Modern Poet Reads Ancient War Texts: Politics, Life and Death in George Seferis’ ‘The Last Day’” was published by Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (2008). She is currently working on a book form of her thesis, to be published in Greek (forthcoming, 2010).   [Last Updated 2009]