Nektaria Klapaki

Lecturer, Hellenic Studies
Nektaria Klapaki


Nektaria Klapaki is a scholar of modern Greek literature and culture. She works at the intersection of Modern Greek Studies, Comparative Literature and Reception Studies, specializing in the role of epiphany in modern Greek literature and culture, in relation to the pre-modern (Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian) and the modern European traditions of the concept.  Her work concentrates on two major research areas: on issues of classical reception in modern Greek literary and cultural contexts, and the relationship of modern Greece to Western modernity, which she examines by addressing overarching questions of secularization, religion, nationalism, history, temporality, memory, identity, travel, and gender. She is currently preparing a book-length manuscript, which is a comparative study of epiphany in modern Greek poetry. Her research and teaching have been funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, the University of Washington, and the Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, among others.  She serves as Arts & Humanities Associate Editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Hellenism.


  • University of London, Ph.D., Modern Greek Studies, 2006
  • University of London, M.A., Modern Greek Studies, 1996
  • University of Crete, B.A., (distinction), Classics, 1995

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