Yiavis Kostas

Assistant Professor
2310 997537
205 n.b.
Office Hours: 
Monday 5.30-6.30

Kostas Yiavis is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Greek, University of Thessaloniki.  He started teaching as a Lecturer in Modern Greek language and literature at Cornell.  He later became in turn a research fellow in Early Modern Greek literature at Princeton, a Byzantine Fellow at Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks, a Humboldt post-doctoral Fellow in Modern Greek studies.  Prior to joining the Faculty he was the DAAD Visiting Professor of Byzantine, Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at Hamburg University.

Yiavis studied English and Critical Theory at Thessaloniki and, then, Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge where he also earned his PhD in Modern Greek literature.

His interests include literature from the vernacular Middle Ages to date; the interaction of Greek literature with the West and the East; the continuity of cultural disciplines; revolutionary “master moments” such as the end of the Medieval and the emergence into modernity; the technologies of reading.

Kostas Yiavis has written the following books: 1) Imperios and Margarona: The Rhymed Version, Athens: Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greek [MIET], 2019 and 2) Διήγησις ωραιοτάτη Ιμπερίου και Μαργαρώνας. Η ομοιοκατάληκτη μορφή (in print).  He has edited the volume Λόγου Κάριν. Ένας τιμητικός τόμος για την Κάριν Boklund-Λαγοπούλου, Thessaloniki: Epikentro, 2019.


For a complete CV, please see www.yiavis.com 


Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature 

Faculty of Greek,
University of Thessaloniki,
54124 Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Room: 205 (new building).
Telephone: +30 2310 99 7537.
Facs.: +30 2310 99 7537.
E-mail: kostas@yiavis.com


University of Cambridge, PhD in Modern Greek Literature.
University of Cambridge, MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
University of Thessaloniki, MA in Critical Theory and English Literature.
University of Thessaloniki, BA in English.

Professional Experience

Cornell University: Lecturer in Modern Greek.
Princeton University: Research Fellow in Early Modern Greek Literature. (On leave from Cornell.)
Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks): Fellow in Byzantine Studies.
Humboldt Foundation: Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Modern Greek Studies.
DAAD Visiting Professor of Byzantine, Modern Greek and Comparative Literature, Hamburg University.
Humboldt Foundation: Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Modern Greek Studies.
2014- :
University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Greek: Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature.

Journal Editorships

Anglo-Hellenic Review: Commissioning Review Editor (London).
2017- :
Rivista di letteratura comparata bizantina, neohellenica e italiana: Board member (Rome).


a. Books

  1. Imperios and Margarona: The Rhymed Version. Athens: Cultural Foundation of the  National Bank of Greek (MIET), 2019.
  2. Διήγησις ὡραιοτάτη Ἰμπερίου καὶ Μαργαρώνας. Τὸ ὁμοιοκατάληκτο κείμενο μὲ συνοδευτικὴ ἔκδοση τῆς ἀρχαιότερης ἀνομοιοκατάληκτης μορφῆς [in Greek]. Athens: Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greek (MIET), 2019 (in press).

b. Edited volume

Λόγου ΚάρινΈνας τιμητικός τόμος για την Κάριν Boklund-Λαγοπούλου [in Greek = Because of KarinA  festschrift for Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou]. Thessaloniki: Epikentro, 2019.

c. Articles

  1. «Η εκμετάλλευση της κοσμικής μυθιστορίας από τα αγιολογικά κείμενα. Η περίπτωση του Αλεξίου του  ανθρώπου του Θεού» [in Greek].  In Λόγου Κάριν.  Ένας τιμητικός τόμος για την Κάριν Boklund- Λαγοπούλου, edited by Kostas Yiavis, Thessaloniki: Επίκεντρο, 2019, pp. 31-49.
  2. “The Categories of 'Originals' and 'Adaptations' in Late Byzantine Romance: A Reassessment”.  In  Reading the Late Byzantine Romance: A Handbook, edited by Adam Goldwyn and Ingela Nilsson,  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 19-39.
  3. «Ερωτόκριτος και Aretusa» [in Greek].  In Ερωτόκριτος, νέες προοπτικές, edited by Σωτηρία  Σταυρακοπούλου, Τασούλα Μαρκομιχελάκη and Τ. Καπλάνης, Thessaloniki: Γράφημα, 2017, pp. 173- 90.
    3a. For an English translation, see Kostas Yiavis, “The Greek Erotokritos and the Italian Aretusa:  Open- ended texts in Renaissance literature and Kornaros’s creative conservatism”, Rivista di letteratura  comparata italiana, bizantina e neoellenica 1 (2017): 29-40.
  4. «Πολιτισμική κινητικότητα και λογοτεχνία του Μεσαίωνα».  Στο Περάσματα, μεταβάσεις, διελεύσεις,  επιμ. M. Χρυσανθόπουλος, M. Mικέ etal., Θεσσαλονίκη, 2017.  See  https://www.lit.auth.gr/sites/default/files/mnes_ie_book.pdf 
  5. «Ο Κρητικός Πόλεμος στη συλλογική φαντασία της Δύσης» [in Greek].  In Proceedings of the Twelfth  International Congress of Cretan Studies, edited by Alexis Kalokairinos, 2017.  See  http://12iccs.proceedings.gr/el/proceedings/category/38/33/65
  6. «Στρατηγικές και στόχοι στην έκδοση της πρώιμης νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας.  Ένα παράδειγμα» [in  Greek].  In Πρακτικά  της Ημερίδας ‘Η εκδοτική των κειμένων της νεοελληνικής γραμματείας’, edited by  Αγγελική Λούδη, Thessaloniki: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, 2016,  pp. 39-51.
  7. “Love in Translation: the Greek Adaptations of Western Love Romances”.  In Fictional Storytelling in the  Medieval Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond, edited by Carolina Cupane and Bettina Krönung, Leiden:  Brill, 2016, pp. 127-55.
  8. “Persian Chronicles, Greek Romances: The Haft Paykar and Velthandros”.  In A Festschrift for David W.  Holton, edited by E.  Camatsos, T. Kaplanis and J. Pye, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scolars  Publishing, 2014, pp. 23-45.
  9.  “The Topos of Attack on Courtly Banquets”.  Σύγκριση/Comparaison 23 (2013): 5-42.
  10. “Interdependence of Text and Manuscript in the Sixteenth Century”.  In Neograeca medii aevi 6, edited  by Γ. Κ. Μαυρομάτης and N. Αγιώτης, Heraklion: Vikelaia, 2012, pp. 197-214.
  11. “[British Influence on Greek Literature]” [in Greek].  In Λεξικό νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας, edited by Λ.  Κουζέλη, Athens: Patakis, 2007, pp. 1368-73.
  12. Entries on Dawkins, Papastavrou, George Thompson.  Ibid., pp. 463; 2434; 2170-1.
  13. “So Near Yet So Far: Medieval Courtly Romance and Imberios and Margarona”.  Byzantinische  Zeitschrift 99:1 (2006): 195-217.
  14. “Finding Imberios and Margarona: An Inventory of Extant Editions”.  Ελληνικά 56:2 (2006): 321-45.
  15. “Chaucer and the Death of the Father as a Figure of Authority”.  Gramma: Journal of Theory and  Criticism 9 (2001): 13-29.
  16. “Life-giving Waters and the Waters of the Cephise: Fairie Queene I, XI, 29-30”.  Classical and Modern  Literature 19 (1998): 77-82.

C. Book Reviews

  1. Ο χάρτης του κόσμου στο μυαλό σου, by Lila Konomara [in Greek].  Ο Αναγνώστης, May 2018.  See: https://www.oanagnostis.gr/%CE%BF-%CF%87%CE%AC%CF%81%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%82-%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%BA%CF%8C%CF%83%CE%BC%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%BC%CE%B1%CF%82%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%BA%CF%8E%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B1-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1%CE%B2%CE%AE/
  2. Modern Greek Dictionary, 3rd edition, by George Babiniotis.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 41 (2010): 33.
  3. A Byzantine Encyclopaedia of Horse Medicine: The Sources, Compilation, and Transmission of the  Hippiatrica, by Anne McCabe.  Classical Review 59: 2 (2009): 443-5.
  4. George Boustronios, A Narrative of the Chronicle of Cyprus, 1456–1489, translated by Nicholas Coureas. The English Historical Review 124: 506 (2009): 148-9.
  5. Αφήγησις Λιβίστρου και Ροδάμνης, by Panagiotis Agapitos, and Livistros and Rodamne. A Critical Edition  of Vat. gr. 2391, by Tina Lendari (joint review).  Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 33: 1 (2009): 106- 8.
  6. Στη χώρα του φεγγαριού:Βρετανίδες περιηγήτριες στην Ελλάδα (1718-1932), edited by Βασιλική  Κολοκοτρώνη and Ευτέρπη Μήτση.  Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26:2 (2008): 506-9.
  7. Infamy and Revolt: The Rise of the National Problem in Early Modern Greek Thought, by Dean J.  Kostantaras.  Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26: 2 (2008): 509-11.
  8. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, edited by William Smith.  Anglo-Hellenic  Review 38 (2008): 26-7.
  9. Dictionary of the Medieval Greek Vernacular, 1100-1669, Volume 15, by Emmanouil Kriaras; edited by I.  N. Kazazis.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 38 (2008): 26.
  10. Mothers and Sons, Fathers and Daughters: The Byzantine Family of Michael Psellos, edited and  translated by Anthony Kaldellis; With Contributions by David Jenkins and Stratis Papaioannou.  Journal  of Hellenic Studies 128 (2008): 287-8.
  11. Robert de Clari, La Conquête de Constantinople, edited by Peter Noble.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 37  (2008): 24-5.
  12. The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction, by Jerry Brotton.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 37 (2008): 25-6.
  13. History of the Byzantine Jews: A Microcosmos in the Thousand-Year Empire, by Elli Kohen.  Bulletin of  Judaeo-Greek Studies 41 (2007-8): 25-7.
  14. Lorenzo de’ Medici: Collector and Antiquarian, by Laurie Fusco and Gino Corti.  The Medieval Review  07.10.18 (2007). See: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text  idx?c=tmr;cc=tmr;q1=2007;rgn=main;view=text;idno=baj9928.0710.018
  15. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, by Elizabeth Eisenstein.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 35  (2007): 21-2.
  16. In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000, edited by Michelle P. Brown.  Catalogue of the  eponymous exhibition, Washington, DC.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 36 (2007): 21-2.
  17. Apokopos, edited by Peter Vejleskov, translated into English by Margaret Alexiou.  Anglo-Hellenic  Review 34 (2006): 23-4.
  18. A Modern Greek-English Dictionary, by D. J. Georgacas.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 34 (2006): 23.
  19. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, and Jews, 1430-1950, by Mark Mazower.  Journal of  Mediterranean Studies 15 (2006): 178-80.
  20. Warriors and Their Weapons around the Time of the Crusades, by David Nicolle.  Byzantine and Modern  Greek Studies (2006): 98-100.
  21. Lady Hester: Queen of the East, by Lorna Gibb.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 32 (2005): 22.
  22. Ithaca, Journal of the National Book Centre of GreeceAnglo-Hellenic Review 31 (2005): 25.
  23. White Gold, by Giles Milton.  Anglo-Hellenic Review 31 (2005): 19-20.
  24. The Rise of Oriental Travel: English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580-1720, by Gerald M. Maclean. Anglo-Hellenic Review 30 (2004): 28-9.