Stathis Gourgouris

Affiliated Faculty

Stathis Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects, ultimately entwined around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity and democracy. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford: 1996), Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford: 2003), Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham: 2013), and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism: The Psychical Politics of Knowledge (Fordham: 2010).

Outside of these projects, Gourgouris has also published numerous articles on ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, and psychoanalysis. He is currently completing work on two other projects of secular criticism: The Perils of the One and Nothing Sacred. Gourgouris is also an internationally awarded poet with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, the most recent being “Introduction to Physics” (Athens: 2005).

Gourgouris writes regularly for Internet media (such as Al Jazeera, The Immanent Frame, and Re-Public), as well as major Greek newspapers and journals focused on political and literary matters. He is currently the director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.