Kaplanis Tassos A.

Assistant Proffessor
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Dr. Tassos A. Kaplanis holds a BA in (classical, medieval and modern) Greek philology, with major in medieval and modern Greek literature (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1995; part of the degree was held at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary), an MPhil in medieval Greek literature with specialization in the vernacular (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1998), and a PhD in early modern Greek literature (Cambridge University, Selwyn College, UK, 2003). 


He has previously worked as lexicographer (1994-1997: member of the main editorial team of E. Kriaras, Dictionary of Medieval Greek Vernacular Literature (1100-1669), vol. 14; many articles included in vol. 15), language instructor/teacher of modern Greek to foreigners (1996-1999: International Programme of Greek Language, History and Civilization of the Institute of Balkan Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece; 2001-2002: University of Cambridge, UK; 2003-2004: Study Support Programme, Cross-cultural Lyceum of Thessaloniki), lecturer in modern Greek language and literature (1998-1999: ‘Al. I. Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania), instructor in modern Greek literature and theory of literature (2003-2004: Postgraduate Programme EPEAEK, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), lecturer in modern Greek literature (2004-2008: Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus), and assistant Professor of Modern Greek Literature (2008-2014: the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Cyprus). He was elected assistant Professor of Modern Greek Literature at the Department of Medieval and Modern Greek Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in March 2010, but due to the economic crisis his appointment and assumption of duties  was delayed (13/12/2012). He has been teaching at the aforementioned Department since September 2014.


His research interests include early modern Greek (vernacular) language and literature of the period 12th to early 19th centuries; theory of literature; comparative and interdisciplinary studies. More specifically he has worked and published on: Cypriot and Cretan literary and historiographical production of the 16th and 17th centuries; Periodization and origins of early modern Greek literature; Editorial techniques applied to early modern Greek texts; Poetics, in general, and generic classifications, in particular, from the Renaissance to the present; ‘Pop’ and ‘pulp’ fiction in the same period; Interrelation of modern Greek and Romanian literature in the same period; Gender studies in the same period; Iconological studies and, especially, the construction of the image of the Other and identities before the creation of modern national states; Interrelation of history and literature; comics/graphic novels and their interrelation with literature; and, digital humanities. 


Publications (selection) 

(Most recent first in each category)





1. Tassos A. Kaplanis, Ioakeim Kyprios’ Struggle. A Narrative Poem on the History of the ‘Cretan War’ (1645-1669). Editio Princeps. [Texts and Studies in the History of Cyprus LXVII], Nicosia: Cyprus Research Centre, 2012. (890 pp., with a Foreword by Prof. E. Kriaras)



2. Tassos A. Kaplanis, Tasoula M. Markomichelaki, and Sotiria Stavrakopoulou (eds.), Erotokritos by V. Kornaros: Research Proposals and Perspectives. Proceedings of an International Conference Dedicated to Komnini A. Pidonia (Department of Medieval and Modern Greek Studies, Faculty of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 28-29 May 2015), With the Kind Sponsorship of Siteia Municipality, Thessaloniki: Grafima, 2017. (In Greek)

3. Cindy Camatsos, Tassos A. Kaplanis and Jocelyn Pye (eds.), ‘His Words Were Nourishment and His Counsel Food’: A Festschrift for David W. Holton, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014.

4. E. Kriaras, Dictionary of Medieval Greek Vernacular Literature 1100-1669, vol. 15, Thessaloniki: Zitis, 2005. (In Greek)

5. E. Kriaras, Dictionary of Medieval Greek Vernacular Literature 1100-1669, vol. 14, Thessaloniki: Sfakianakis, 1997. (In Greek)



6. Tassos A. Kaplanis (ed.), Tassos A. Karanastassis (1955-2010), Office of the Unholy Goat-Bearded Spanos. Its Character and Dating: an Interpretative Approach, Thessaloniki: Byzantine Research Centre, 2010. (Posthumous edition in Greek)




In scholarly journals     

7. ʻConvergences, Divergences and Perspectives in the Research of Modern Greek and Romanian Literary Chapbooks (From First Appearances to the Early 19th c.)ʼ, Hellenika, 66, 2016, 29-52. (In Greek)

8. ‘Neofytos Rodinos – Ioakeim Kyprios: Literary Depictions of Cyprus and Identities in the 17th c.’, Epeterida Kentrou Epistimonikon Erevnon, 37, 2015, 283-310. (In Greek)

9. ‘Kazantzakis and the monotonic system: a case of concealment’, Estudios Neogriegos. Revista científica de la Sociedad Hispánica de Estudios Neogriegos (Tolmiros Skapaneas. Homenaje al Profesor Kostas A. Dimadis), 14, 2011-2012, 113-127. (In Greek)

10. ‘Digenis and Maximou in the Escorial Version: Language, Tradition and Poetics of an Erotic Encounter’, Byzantina, 30, 2010, 83-100. (In Greek)

11. ‘Recording the History of the “Cretan War” (1645-1669): An Overview’, Kambos. Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek, 15, 2007, 91-123.

12. ‘Ioakeim Kyprios’ Struggle and the Story of the Maltese Sultana: A Literary Account of Historical Events?’, Etudes Helleniques/ Hellenic Studies (A Tribute to Cypriot Literature/Hommage à la littérature chypriote), 15/2, 2007, 79-94.

13. ‘Vicenzos Cornaros and the “Moderns” of the Renaissance: Generic Fusion in Erotokritos’, Diavazo, 454, 2004, 95-103. (In Greek)

14. ‘Editions of Early Modern Greek Texts and Monotonic System’, Kondyloforos, 1, 2002, 205-235. (In Greek)

15. ʻWomen in the Looking-glass; the Philogynous Dapontes (1713-1784) within the Misogynous Tradition of the Middle Agesʼ, Comparaison/Σύγκριση, 12, 2001, 48-70.

16. ‘About Michael Glykas’ Collection of Proverbs’, Hellenika, 48, 1998, 152-158. (In Greek) 



Chapters in books/Conference papers    

17. ʻDigital, Online Editions of Modern Greek Literary Texts: Past, Present, Futureʼ in: Α. Loudi (ed.), The Editing of Texts of Modern Greek Literature. Conference Dedicated to the Memory of E. Pachini-Tsantsanoglou and G. P. Savvidis, Thessaloniki, 27.4.2015, Thessaloniki: Institute of Modern Greek Studies [Manolis Triandafyllidis Foundation]/Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2016, 147-166. (In Greek)

18. ʻMeter and Rhyme in the Greek 17th c.: The Testimony of autograph codex BAR ms. gr. 37ʼ in: I. Papastathi (ed.), Issues of Modern Greek Philology: Meter, Style, Criticism, Translation. Proceedings of the 14th International Scientific Meeting (27-30 March 2014). In the Memory of X. A. Kokolis, Thessaloniki: Department of Medieval and Modern Greek Studies, Faculty of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2016, 129-145. (In Greek)

19. ‘Discontinuities and Ruptures? The Asynchronicities of the Contemporaneous in Cretan Literature (14th-16th c.)ʼ in: K. A. Dimadis (ed.), Proceedings of the 5th European Congress of Modern Greek Studies: Continuities, Discontinuities, Ruptures in the Greek World (1204-2014): Economy, Society, History, Literature  (Thessaloniki, 2–5 October 2014), European Society of Modern Greek Studies, 2015/2, 743-764 (In Greek; http://www.eens.org/EENS_congresses/2014/books/tomo2.pdf )

20. ʻAntique Names and Self-Identification: Hellenes, Graikoi, and Romaioi from Late Byzantium to the Greek Nation-State’ in: D. Tziovas (ed.), Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 81-97.

21. ‘ “Πολλά δεινά ’ναι οι πτωχοί οι τοπικοί Κυπριώτες...”: The  ‘Lament for Cyprus’ by Archimandrite Ioakeim Kyprios the Kantsellieris (mid-17th c.)’ in: Ε. Antoniou (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Cypriot Studies (Nicosia 29 April-3 May 2008), Nicosia: Etaireia Kypriakon Spoudon, 2012, Vol.III/1, 233-246. (In Greek)  

22. ‘New Literature, New Identity: Stephanos Sachlikes (14th c.), the First Eponymous Author of Modern Greek Literature’ in: K. A. Dimadis (ed.), Identities in the Greek World (from 1204 to the Present Day). Proceedings of the 4th European Congress of Modern Greek Studies (Granada, 9-12 September 2010), Athens: European Association of Modern Greek Studies, 2011/2, 491-511. (In Greek; online publication:http://www.eens.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Identities-in-the-Greek-world-Granada-2010-Congress-Vol_2-2011-isbn_978-960-99699-4-9.pdf)

23. ‘The Inverted World of the Amazons: Aspects of a Persistent Myth in Early Modern Greek Literature’ in: M. Rossetto, M. Tsianikas, G. Couvalis and M. Palaktsoglou (eds.), Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2009, Adelaide: Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek, 2011, 291-309.

24. ‘From Digenis to Solomos: What the Field of Early Modern Greek Studies Consists of and Ways for its Enhancement’, in: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of Modern Greek Studies, Athens 3-5 July 2008, Athens: Athens Municipality, 2009, 30-37. (In Greek; online publication: http://neoellinikesspoudes.elladastonkosmo.gr/node/112)

25. ‘ “Modern Greek” in “Byzantium”? The Notion of  “Early Modern” in Greek Studies’, in: E. Close, G. Couvalis, G. Frazis, M. Palaktsoglou, M. Tsianikas (eds.), Greek Research in Australia. Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, June 2007, Adelaide: Flinders University, 2009, 343-356.

26. ‘Theory, Technology and Modern Editions of Neohellenic Texts, or, Erasmus, Barthes, the usus auctoris, the Death of the Author and us’, in: K. A. Dimadis, ed., The Greek World between the Enlightenment and the Twentieth Century. Proceedings of the 3rd European Congress of Modern Greek Studies (Bucharest, Romania, 2-4 June 2006), Athens: Hellenika Grammata, 2007/1, 551-562. (In Greek; online publication: http://www.eens-congress.eu/?main__page=1 &main__lang=de&eensCongress_cmd=showPaper&eensCongress_id=100)

27. ‘ “Popular” Literature in Tertiary Education: An Example from Cyprus’. Paper presented at the 1st International Educational Conference Popular Culture and Education organized under the auspices of UNESCO (Volos, 29 September-1 October 2006). (In Greek; online publication: http://www.eipe.gr/praktika/praktika/ kaplanis.pdf)

28. ‘Some Suggestions on the Future of Comparative Studies in the Balkans’, in: A. Tabaki, ed., Tendances actuelles de la Littérature Comparée dans le Sud-est de l’Europe, Athens: Institute for Neohellenic Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2006, 175-180. (Online publication: http://www.ine-notebooks.org/index.php/te/ article/view/38/108)   

29. ‘ “A Man Who Knows How to Speak with Wisdom and Skill...”: The Poetic Theory of V. Kornaros Through His Comments On Poetics In Erotokritos’, in: Kaklamanis, S., ed., Issues of Poetics in ‘Erotokritos’, Irakleio: Vikelaia Municipal Library, 2006, 369-394. (In Greek)

30. ‘Towards a Critical Edition of Ioakeim Kyprios’ Struggle’, in:  Jeffreys E. and Jeffreys M., eds., Neograeca Medii Aevi V.Αναδρομικά και Προδρομικά. Approaches to Texts in Early Modern Greek, Oxford: [n. pub.], 2005, 33-46.

31. ‘Constructing the Image of the Self and the Other: the Case of Ioakeim Kyprios’ Struggle’, in: Argyriou, A., ed., Greece of the islands from Frankish rule to present day. Proceedings of the 2nd European Congress of Modern Greek Studies (Rethymnon, 10-12 May 2002), Athens: Hellenika Grammata, 2004/1, 129-150. (In Greek)

32. ‘ “Specula Feminarum” or Misogynous Texts of Medieval Greek Ver­nacu­lar Literature?’ in: A. Argyriou, K. A. Dimadis, A.-D. Lazaridou, eds., The Greek World between East and West (1453-1981). Proceedings of the 1st European Congress of Modern Greek Studies (Berlin, 2-4 October 1998), Athens: Hellenika Grammata, 1999/1, 295-316. (In Greek)


In dedicatory volumes                  

33. Visual Versions of Erotokritos: A First Investigationin: T. A. Kaplanis, T. M. Markomichelaki, and S. Stavrakopoulou (eds.), Erotokritos by V. Kornaros: Research Proposals and Perspectives. Proceedings of an International Conference Dedicated to Komnini A. Pidonia (Department of Medieval and Modern Greek Studies, Faculty of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 28-29 May 2015), With the Kind Sponsorship of Siteia Municipality, Thessaloniki: Grafima, 2017, 217-253. (In Greek)  

34. ‘The Scholar in his Study: Depictions of a Renaissance Tradition in Vitsentzos Kornaros’s Erotokritos’ in: C. Camatsos, T. A. Kaplanis and J. Pye (eds.), ‘His Words Were Nourishment and His Counsel Food’: A Festschrift for David W. Holton, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014. 81-100.

35. ‘Professor Emmanuel Kriaras and his Dictionary of Medieval Greek Vernacular Literature (1100-1669)’ in: Thirty Years from the Appearance of the First Volume of E. Kriarasʼs Dictionary of Medieval Greek Vernacular Literature: A Celebration, Thessaloniki: Sfakianakis, 2000, 16-25. (In Greek)

36. ‘Narrative Act and Techniques in the Fragment ‘Michael V’(XXIV-XXXIII) from Michael Psellos’ Chronography’ in: L. Brad-Chisacof, ed., Corneliae Papacostea-Danielopolu· In memoriam, Εις μνήμην, Bucharest: Demiurg, 1999, 167-175. (In Greek)



37. 'Aspects of Love: An Anthology', Αυγή, 01-29/11/2015. (In Greek)

38. Review of: Adrienne Mayor, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2014 (xiv + 519 pages), Journal of Historical Geography, 50, 2015

39. 'Literary Works in University Student Comics: Bergadis' Apokopos',    ΆνευΠεριοδικό Λόγου, Τέχνης και Προβληματισμού, 46, 2012, 34-36.

40. ‘Guy Debord: A Liar Who Has Not Lied to Himself’, in: Images and Views of Alternative Cinema (13-20 June 2009, Nicosia), Nicosia: Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education & Culture, 2009, 30-31 and 82-83.  (In both Greek and English)

41. Review of: Επιστολές Γεωργίου Ράλλη προς Εμμανουήλ Κριαρά, εισαγωγικός πρόλογος, σχόλια και ευρετήρια: Ε. Κριαράς, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις της Σχολής Ι.Μ. Παναγιωτόπουλου, 2006. Καθημερινή της Κυριακής, 07/01/2007. (In Greek)