Elena Anastasaki studied French Literature at the University of Athens. She subsequently completed a Comparative Literature MA on Gender Studies at the University of Kent (1998), and obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature from the Universities of Kent and Paris VIII in 2002 (thesis title: Exercises in immortality. The theme of physical immortality in the French and Anglophone literature of the first half of the XIXth century: William Godwin, Charles Robert Maturin, Honoré de Balzac, Théophile Gautier and Nathaniel Hawthorne.) She has taught European Literature at the Universities of Kent (UK), Panteion University of Athens, the Open University of Greece, and the Athens’ School of Fine Arts. She has published papers on Théophile Gautier, George Sand, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, Henry James, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others.

Since 2008 she has been a member of REELC/ENCLS: Réseau européen d’études littéraires comparées / European Network for Comparative Literary Studies. Her research interests lie in the field of 19th and 20th century European Literature with emphasis on Romanticism and its reverberations in the 20th century; they include meta-fiction, the künstlerroman, dystopian literature, and the genres of science-fiction and of the fantastic. Her most recent publications include a critical edition and translation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s last manuscripts (Classiques Garnier, Paris, 2011). Her current research project deals with the construction of the myth(s) of the artist and European identity through literature within the 19th century.

 

Publications

BooksEditor: Lord Byron, Cain. Athens: Odos Panos, 2015. Translation and post-face Elena Anastasaki, with an introduction by Nikos Panagopoulos. (in Greek)Editor: Théophile Gautier, « Excursion en Grèce » in Œuvres Complètes (vol. travel literature). Paris: Champion (Forthcoming 2015). (in French)Editor: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The elixir of Life Manuscripts. Paris: Classiques Garnier, November 2011. (in French)Editor: Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in wonderland. Athens: Ideogramma, 2004. (in Greek)Articles“Byron’s Mythmaking Strategies in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers„. Presented at the international conference Lord Byron and the Margins of Romanticism, organised by the University of Vechta, 19-21 June 2014. To be published in the Proceedings under the title „Byron´s early attempts at forging his identity in the margins of romanticism“. (forthcoming publication in the Conference Proceedings)“Embedded and embodied poetry in Edgar Allan Poe’s Ligeia and The Fall of the House of Usher„; published in Connotations, A Journal for Critical Debate 23.2 (2013/14), Waxmann Münster / New York, 207-229. This article is also accessible online: http://www.connotations.uni-tuebingen.de/anastasaki0232.htm„Leaps and Bounds: Hawthorne’s Strategies of Poetic Economy.“ Connotations 21.2-3 (2011/2012): 177-197.„When Science Meets Fiction: Immortality in Balzac’s Le Centenaire ou les deux Béringheld.“ Restoring the Literature of the Rainbow. Literature’s Refraction of Science. Ed.Valeria Tinkler-Villani and C.C. Barfoot. Amsterdam/New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2011. 275-289.“« L’autobiographie du romantisme »: histoire d’un mythe par Théophile Gautier.“ Γραφές της μνήμης. Σύγκριση – Αναπαράσταση – Θεωρία. Ed. Z. Ι. Σιαφλέκης. Athens: Gutenberg, 2011. 185-199.“A Paradox in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Last Works: Pain as Both Creative Stimulus and Obstructive Force.“ Lingue e Linguaggi 4 (2010): 7-18.“Danses mortelles et macabres: corporalité et séduction fatale dans l’œuvre de Théophile Gautier.“ Bulletin de la Société Théophile Gautier. Gautier et les arts de la danse 31 (2009): 271-284.“Plus qu’une « coquetterie posthume » : Matérialité et individualité, les multiples fonctions des objets dans Émaux et Camées.“ Bulletin de la Société Théophile Gautier. Gautier et les arts de la danse 31 (2009): 329-342.„Henry James’s Double-Bind: Chasing Possibilities in ‚The Jolly Corner‘.“ Connotations 18.1-3 (2008/2009): 82-103.„Un ‚rêve … pur les éveillés”: les fonctions du rêve dans l’œuvre narrative de Th. Gautier.‘ Bulletin de la Société Théophile Gautier. « Le cothurne étroit du journalisme: Théophile Gautier et la contrainte médiatique 30 (2008): 305-322.“« Sept contre Paris » : tragédie en deux actes. Une lecture de Tableaux de siège.“ Bulletin de la Société Théophile Gautier. « Le maladie du bleu » : art de voyager et art d’écrire chez Théophile Gautier 29 (2007) : 225-237.“Harry Potter through the Looking-Glass: Wordplay and Language in the Works of Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling.“ The Carrollian. The Lewis Carroll Journal 19 (Spring 2007): 19-31.„The Trials and Tribulations of the revenants: Narrative Techniques and the Fragmented Hero in Mary Shelley and Théophile Gautier.“ Connotations 16.1-3 (2006/2007): 26-46.„« Jeu de narration et de pouvoir dans Leone Leoni et Mauprat.“ George Sand Studies 25 (2006): 52-66.