Yiavis Kostas

Assistant Professor
2310 997537
205 n.b.
Office Hours: 
Thursday 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.

Yiavis is the author of Imperios and Margarona: A Critical Edition of the Rhymed Romance.

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

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.
Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks): Fellow in Byzantine Studies.
Princeton University: Research Fellow in Early Modern Greek Literature. (On leave from Cornell.)
Cornell University: Lecturer in Modern Greek.

Journal Editorships

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


A. Books

  1. Imperios and Margarona: A Critical Edition of the Rhymed Romance. Athens: Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greek (MIET) (in press), 91 pp Bibliography + 630 pp + 31 plates.
  2. Ιμπέριος.  Η ομοιοκατάληκτη μορφή.  Χρηστική έκδοση.  Thessaloniki: Ίδρυμα Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών Τριανταφυλλίδη (in press).

B. Articles

  1. «Η εκμετάλλευση της κοσμικής μυθιστορίας από τα αγιολογικά κείμενα. Η περίπτωση του Αλεξίου του ανθρώπου του Θεού». In Festschrift for Karin Boklund, ed. by Kostas Yiavis, Thessaloniki: Επίκεντρο, 2017 (in press).
  2. “Challenging Textual Authority in the late Byzantine translations”. In Palaiologan Romance, edited by Adam Goldwyn and Ingela Nilsson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017 (in press).
  3. «Ερωτόκριτος και Aretusa». In Ερωτόκριτος, νέες προοπτικές, ed. By Τάσος Καπλάνης, Τασούλα Μαρκομιχελάκη and Σωτηρία Σταυρακοπούλου, Thessaloniki: Γράφημα, 2017, pp. 173-90.
  4.  «Πολιτισμική κινητικότητα και λογοτεχνία του Μεσαίωνα». In Περάσματα, μεταβάσεις, διελεύσεις, ed. by M. Chryssanthopoulos, M. Mike etal., Thessaloniki, 2017 (in press).
  5. «Ο Κρητικός Πόλεμος στη συλλογική φαντασία της Δύση». In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Cretan Studies, ed. by Alexis Kalokairinos, Heraklion, 2017, available in http://12iccs.proceedings.gr/el/proceedings/category/38/33/65
  6. «Στρατηγικές και στόχοι στην έκδοση της πρώιμης νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας. Ένα παράδειγμα», in Πρακτικά της Ημερίδας ‘Η εκδοτική των κειμένων της νεοελληνικής γραμματείας’. Ημερίδα αφιερωμένη στην μνήμη της Ε. Παχίνη-Τσαντσάνογλου και του Γ. Π. Σαββίδη, ed. by Αγγελική Λούδη, Thessaloniki: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, 2016, pp. 39-51.
  7. “The Adaptations of Western Sources by Byzantine Vernacular Romances”, in Fictional Storytelling in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond, ed. by Carolina Cupane and Bettina Krönung, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, pp. 127-55.
  8. “Persian Chronicles, Greek Romances: The Haft Paykar and Velthandros”. In A Festschrift for David W. Holton, ed. 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, ed. by Γ. K. Μαυρομάτη and N. Αγιώτη, Heraklion: Βικελαία, 2012, pp. 197-214.
  11. «[Βρετανικές επιδράσεις στην ελληνική λογοτεχνία]», in Λεξικό νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας, ed. by Λ. Κουζέλη, Athens: Πατάκης, 2007, pp. 1368-73.
  12. Entries «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. Modern Greek Dictionary, 3rd edition, by George Babiniotis. Anglo-Hellenic Review 41 (2010): 33.
  2. A Byzantine Encyclopaedia of Horse Medicine: The Sources, Compilation, and Transmission of the Hippiatrica, by Anne McCabe. Classical Review 59: 2 (2009): 443-5.
  3. George Boustronios, A Narrative of the Chronicle of Cyprus, 1456–1489, translated by Nicholas Coureas. The English Historical Review 124: 506 (2009): 148-9.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, edited by William Smith. Anglo-Hellenic Review 38 (2008): 26-7.
  8. Dictionary of the Medieval Greek Vernacular, 1100-1669, Volume 15, by Emmanouil Kriaras; edited by I. N. Kazazis. Anglo-Hellenic Review 38 (2008): 26.
  9. 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.
  10. Robert de Clari, La Conquête de Constantinople, edited by Peter Noble. Anglo-Hellenic Review 37 (2008): 24-5.
  11. The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction, by Jerry Brotton. Anglo-Hellenic Review 37 (2008): 25-6.
  12. 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.
  13. Lorenzo de’ Medici: Collector and Antiquarian, by Laurie Fusco and Gino Corti. The Medieval Review 07.10.18 (2007). See: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/16459/22577
  14. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, by Elizabeth Eisenstein. Anglo-Hellenic Review 35 (2007): 21-2.
  15. 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.
  16. Apokopos, edited by Peter Vejleskov, translated into English by Margaret Alexiou. Anglo-Hellenic Review 34 (2006): 23-4.
  17. A Modern Greek-English Dictionary, by D. J. Georgacas. Anglo-Hellenic Review 34 (2006): 23.
  18. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, and Jews, 1430-1950, by Mark Mazower. Journal of Mediterranean Studies 15 (2006): 178-80.
  19. Warriors and Their Weapons around the Time of the Crusades, by David Nicolle. Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (2006): 98-100.
  20.  Lady Hester: Queen of the East, by Lorna Gibb. Anglo-Hellenic Review 32 (2005): 22.
  21. Ithaca, Journal of the National Book Centre of Greece. Anglo-Hellenic Review 31 (2005): 25.
  22. White Gold, by Giles Milton. Anglo-Hellenic Review 31 (2005): 19-20.
  23. The Rise of Oriental Travel: English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580-1720, by Gerald M. Maclean. Anglo-Hellenic Review 30 (2004): 28-9.