Stathis Gourgouris

Columbia University



Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 1990. Professor Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects that address the convergence 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), whose 25th Anniversary Edition was published ( with a new preface) in 2021; Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford, 2003); Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham 2013); The Perils of the One (Columbia, 2019); and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham, 2010), Thinking with Balibar (Fordham 2020), and The Cavafy Dossier (2021). In addition, he has also published numerous articles on Ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, and psychoanalysis. His third volume of lessons in secular criticism, Nothing Sacred, is near completion.

Research Areas

Comparative Literature Poetry and Poetics Modernity and Modernism Secular Criticism Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies Political Theory, Marxism, and Critical Social Theory Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Studies


internationally awarded poet, with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, most recent being Introduction to Physics (Athens, 2005). His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese, and Hebrew. His sound and poetry collages have been performed or presented at installations on various occasions internationally – including at documenta 14 (2017). For such music and poetry work see: and