HOTELS AND THE MODERN SUBJECT: 1890-1940
Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens, circa 1900 (courtesy of ELIA/MIET)
"Hotels and the Modern Subject: 1890-1940" (HOTEMS) is a project funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) under the “First Call for HFRI Research Projects to support Faculty members and researchers and the procurement of high-cost research equipment grant” (project number: 1653). Its aim is to explore the use of the hotel as setting and motif in Anglophone literature of the late nineteenth century and the modernist period. During the three year duration of the project (2020-2022), we plan to organize conferences and student workshops as well as publish papers and present at international conferences.
IRau, W. H. (1903) Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and 5th Ave. New York City. Retrieved from The Library of Congress
Anna Despotopoulou (Principal Investigator, email@example.com) is Professor in English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and she is currently the Director of the Department of English post-graduate programme in English literature. She is the author of Women and the Railway, 1850-1915 (Edinburgh UP, 2015), and she has published articles on Henry James, George Eliot, Jane Austen, Christina Rossetti, Rhoda Broughton, Joseph Conrad, Peter Shaffer, and Flora Annie Steel. She has co-edited Henry James and the Supernatural (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011), Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Transforming Henry James (Cambridge Scholars, 2013) etc. She is now writing a book on Henry James, women, and mobility to be published by Edinburgh UP. She is the recipient of a Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation grant for a research project entitled “Hotels and the Modern Subject: 1890-1940” (2020-2023) and a member of the project “Representations of Modern Greece in Victorian Popular Culture” also funded by HFRI.
Efterpi Mitsi is Professor in English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the author of Greece in Early English Travel Writing, 1596-1682, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), editor of Troilus and Cressida: A Critical Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019), and co-editor of Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), The Letter of the Law: Literature, Justice and the Other (Peter Lang, 2013), Women Writing Greece: Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel (Rodopi 2008), etc. She is the recipient of a Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation grant for a research project entitled “Representations of Modern Greece in Victorian Popular Culture” (2020-2023) and a member of the project “Hotels and the Modern Subject: 1890-1940” also funded by HFRI.
Vassiliki Kolocotroni is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. She has published widely on modernism, Hellenism, and on transnational and transcultural encounters (incl. journal essays and book chapters on Woolf, Joyce, Conrad, H.D., Freud, Rhys, Benjamin, Brecht, Derrida and Heidegger), as well as on the writing of Muriel Spark. Her published work includes The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism and Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents (with Olga Taxidou; Edinburgh UP), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (European literature editor), The Prime of Muriel Spark (Special Issue of Textual Practice with Willy Maley), New Queer Greece (Special Issue of Journal of Greek Media and Culture with Dimitris Papanikolaou), In the Country of the Moon, an anthology of writings by British women travellers to Greece from 1718-1932 (Hestia), and Women Writing Greece (with Efterpi Mitsi, Rodopi). She is an international research member in the project “Hotels and the Modern Subject: 1890-1940,” funded by HFRI.
Athanasios Dimakis holds an MA (with Distinction) from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2006) and a Ph.D. (with Distinction) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for a dissertation on the Hellenic Moral Vision in the Philosophy & Fiction of Iris Murdoch (2015). In 2018-19 he was a Visiting Researcher at the English Department of the NKUA (Project on Lawrence Durrell, Patrick Leigh Fermor, John Fowles). He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of English Language and Literature, NKUA (Research Project: “Hotels and the Modern Subject: 1890-1940”), funded by HFRI. He has presented at many international conferences and in June 2020 he was awarded the William Godshalk Prize for new Durrell scholarship by the International Lawrence Durrell Society. His forthcoming publications on Iris Murdoch and Lawrence Durrell will appear in SLI Studies in the Literary Imagination (2020), Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal and The Iris Murdoch Review (2020). His research interests mostly concern Hellenism in the British and American literary scene and 20th Century British Fiction.
Chryssa Marinou holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Literature, Culture, Ideology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her PhD, awarded with Distinction in June 2020 from the same University, was a comparative reading of Henry James, Dorothy Richardson, and Walter Benjamin. She is a member of two research projects funded by HFRI. She has published in Synthesis: an Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies (2013 and 2018), Pilgrimages: a Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies (2015), and Mnimon: Society for the Study of Modern Hellenism (2016). She has contributed to Arcades Material Yellow: Subterranean to Street (Aldgate Press, 2019), ed. Sam Dolbear and Hannah Proctor, and Ruins in the Literary and Cultural Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), ed. E. Mitsi et al. Her research interests include comparative literature, modernity, modernism, literary theory.