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mw. prof. dr. M. (Maria) Boletsi

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Romaanse talen en culturen
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  • Profile

    Maria Boletsi is Endowed Professor (bijzonder hoogleraar) at the University of Amsterdam, where she holds the Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies. She also works as assistant professor at the Film and Literary Studies department of Leiden University.

    Her work is situated in the fields of comparative literature, literary and cultural theory, conceptual history, Modern Greek literature and culture, English, Dutch, and postcolonial literature. She has published on various topics, including the conceptual history of barbarism, post-9/11 literature and political rhetoric, Modern Greek, English, and Dutch literature, and alternative narratives and subjectivities in the context of the Greek debt crisis. Much of her work is concerned with the intersection of literature, art, and politics.

    She has been a DFG Mercator Fellow at Bonn University (2019), a Stanley Seeger Research Fellow at Princeton University (2016), a visiting scholar at Columbia University (2008-09) and the University of Geneva (2016) and a participant in the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory (2006). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, the advisory board of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture, and the editorial board of the Brill book series Thamyris/Intersecting. She is also a member of the board of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (Onderzoeksschool Literatuurwetenschap, OSL).

    Maria has cum laude degrees in Classics and Modern Greek Literature (BA, Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki), Comparative Literature (BA, University of Amsterdam) and Cultural Analysis (research MA, University of Amsterdam).  In 2010 she received her Ph.D. with honors from Leiden University (Barbarism Otherwise: Studies in Literature, Art, and Theory).

     

    Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Theory, Literature and the Arts. Vol. I: From the Enlightenment to the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler 2018) - co-authored book
    Barbarism and Its Discontents (Stanford University Press, 2013) – monograph
    De lichtheid van Literatuur: Engagement in de multiculturele samenleving (Acco, 2015) [The Lightness of Literature: Engagement in the Multicultural Society] - co-authored book
    Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous and Wild: Encounters in the Arts and Contemporary Politics (Brill, 2018) - edited volume
    Barbarism Revisited: New Perspectives on an Old Concept (Brill 2015) - edited volume
    Inside Knowledge: (Un)doing Ways of Knowing in the Humanities (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) - edited volume
  • Current research

    My current research takes three directions:

    History of Barbarism & European Identity

    The functions of the concept of barbarism in literature, art, philosophy, and public rhetoric in European modernity and beyond were the focus of my doctoral thesis and have been a central preoccupation in my research since then. In 2013, I received an NWO Internationalisation grant for the project “Barbarian: History of a Fundamental European Concept from the 18th Century to the Present” (2013-2016). This collaborative project aimed at a critical understanding of past and contemporary uses of  ‘barbarism’ and foregrounded this concept’s foundational role in modern European history and identity. The project springs from a collaboration between myself and scholars from the University of Geneva, Bonn University, Fribourg University, and (since 2017) Oxford University. It is conjoined with a research project led by Prof. Markus Winkler (Geneva), which was funded by the SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation). The first part of the project was completed in 2017 and resulted in a co-authored monograph on barbarism from the 18th to the early 20th century (Volume 1, published by Metzler in 2018). We are currently working on Volume 2 that will focus on the 20th and 21st centuries and will be published in 2020. 

    My book publications on the topic include the monograph Barbarism and its Discontents (Stanford University Press, 2013), the edited volumes Barbarism Revisited: New Perspectives on an Old Concept (Brill 2015; co-edited with Christian Moser) and Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous, and Wild: Encounters in the Arts and Contemporary Politics (Brill, 2018; co-edited with Tyler Sage), as well as the co-authored book Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Modern Theory, Literature and the Arts. Vol. 1 (Metzler, forthcoming in 2018; co-authored with M. Winkler, J. Herlth, Ch. Moser, J. Reidy and M. Rohner).

    Literature, Art and Crisis

    In my research, I also engage with new directions in art, literature, and theory after “9/11” and with how contemporary literature and art intervene in the popular rhetoric of ‘crisis’ in Europe. Among my most recent publications on the topic is an essay on responses to 9/11 in Dutch literature in the volume 9/11 in European Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). In 2015, with Isabel Hoving, Liesbeth Minnaard and Sarah de Mul, we co-authored the book De lichtheid van literatuur: Engagement in de multiculturele samenleving (Acco), which probed literature’s function in recent debates on the multicultural society in the Netherlands and Belgium.

    In the field of Modern Greek studies, I explore alternative notions of subjectivity against the backdrop of the Greek ‘crisis’ since 2009 and expressive modes that disrupt dominant narratives of the 'crisis.' I am particularly interested in literature, street art, and forms of artistic expression and protest that mobilize the middle voice in order to articulate alternative notions of subjectivity, agency, and civic responsibility to those on which ‘crisis rhetoric’ usually hinges. An article I published on the topic in the Journal of Greek Media and Culture (2016) was also included in the Reader of Documenta 14 (2017). Another article in which I brought the middle voice to bear on new languages of protest and on the visual realm was published in the journal Komparatistik (2018).

    C.P. Cavafy

    The work of the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy has been a constant preoccupation in my writing since 2005.  I have published on speech acts in Cavafy’s poetry, on irony and affect in Cavafy’s prose, on literary and artistic adaptations of his poem “Waiting for the Barbarians,” on the bearing of Cavafy’s ‘barbarians’ on the Western political imaginary, and on the way his poetry recasts narratives of historical time. I am currently writing a book on spectrality in Cavafy’s poetics. Drawing from theorizations of the ‘specter’ in cultural theory, I develop the spectral as a theoretical and analytical lens for revisiting Cavafy’s modernist poetics and his poetry’s ‘afterlives’ in contemporary settings.

  • Publicaties

    2019

    • Boletsi, M. (2019). Reading Irony through Affect: The Non-Sovereign Ironic Subject in C.P. Cavafy’s Diary. In E. van Alphen, & T. Jirsa (Eds.), How to Do Things with Affects: Affective Triggers in Aesthetic Forms and Cultural Practices (pp. 17-39). (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race; Vol. 34). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004397712_003 [details]
    • Boletsi, M. (2019). Recasting the Indebted Subject in the Middle Voice. Information sur les Sciences Sociales, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0539018419856776

    2018

    • Boletsi, M. (2018). Crisis, Terrorism, and Post-Truth: Processes of Othering and Self-Definition in the Culturalization of Politics. In M. Boletsi, & T. Sage (Eds.), Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous, and Wild: Encounters in the Arts and Contemporary Politics (pp. 17-50). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; Vol. 32). Leiden: Brill Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004352018_003 [details]
    • Boletsi, M. (2018). Faith, Irony, Salt, and Possible Impossibilities: J.M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus in Conversation with Zbigniew Herbert’s ''From Mythology'' . In T. Mehigan, & C. Moser (Eds.), The Intellectual Landscape in the Work of J.M. Coetzee (pp. 133-157). Rochester: Camden House. [details]
    • Boletsi, M., & Sage, T. (2018). Introduction: Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous, and Wild. In M. Boletsi, & T. Sage (Eds.), Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous, and Wild: Encounters in the Arts and Contemporary Politics (pp. 1-14). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; Vol. 32). Leiden: Brill Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004352018_002 [details]

    2017

    • Boletsi, M. (2017). Europe and Its Discontents: Intra-European Violence in Dutch Literature after 9/11. In S. D. Frank (Ed.), 9/11 in European Literature: Negotiating Identities Against the Attacks and What Followed (pp. 283-322). Cham: Palgrave¿Macmillan.
    • Boletsi, M. (2017). The Unbearable Lightness of Crisis: (Anti-)Utopia and Middle Voice in Sotiris Dimitriou’s Close to the Belly. In D. Tziovas (Ed.), Greece in Crisis: Culture and the Politics of Austerity (pp. 256-81). London and New York: I.B. Tauris.

    2016

    • Boletsi, M. (2016). From the Subject of the Crisis to the Subject in Crisis: Middle Voice on Greek Walls. Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 2(1), 3-28.

    2015

    • Boletsi, M. (2015). Still Waiting for Barbarians? Contemporary Functions of a Liminal Topos. In M. Boletsi, & C. Moser (Eds.), Barbarism Revisited: New Perspectives on an Old Concept (pp. 355-376). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
    • Boletsi, M., & Moser, C. (2015). Introduction. In M. Boletsi, & C. Moser (Eds.), Barbarism Revisited: New Perspectives on an Old Concept (pp. 11-28). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

    2014

    • Boletsi, M. (2014). Still Waiting for Barbarians after 9/11? Cavafy’s Reluctant Irony and the Language of the Future. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 55-80.
    • Boletsi, M. (2014). The Barbarism(s) of Multilingualism: Outweirding the Mainstream in Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Performance Literature. In L. Minnaard, & T. Dembeck (Eds.), Challenging the Myth of Monolingualism (pp. 149-170). (Thamyris / Intersecting). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

    2013

    • Boletsi, M. (2013). Barbarism and Its Discontents. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

    2012

    2010

    • Boletsi, M. (2010). Migratory Objects in the Balkans: When the Sound of the Other Sounds Strangely Familiar. In R. G. Davis, D. Fischer-Hornung, & J. C. Kardux (Eds.), Aesthetic Practices and Politics in Media and Music: Performing Migration (pp. 145-169). London and New York: Routledge.

    2008

    • Boletsi, M. (2008). A Place of her Own: Negotiating Boundaries in Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place and My Garden (Book). In M. Aydemir, & A. Rotas (Eds.), Migratory Settings (pp. 229–246). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

    2007

    • Boletsi, M. (2007). Barbarian Encounters: Rethinking Barbarism in C.P. Cavafy’s and J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians. Comparative Literature Studies, 44(1-2), 67-96.

    2006

    • Boletsi, M. (2006). How to Do Things With Poems: Performativity in the Poetry of C.P. Cavafy. Arcadia: International Journal of Literary Culture, 396–418.

    2018

    • Boletsi, M. (2018). On the Threshold of the Twentieth Century: History, Crisis, and Intersecting Figures of Barbarians in C.P. Cavafy’s “Waiting for the Barbarians” (“Περιμένοντας τους βαρβάρους,” 1898/1904). In M. Winkler, & M. Boletsi (Eds.), Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Theory, Literature and the Arts. - Vol. 1: From the Enlightenment to the Turn of the Twentieth Century (pp. 285-334). (Schriften zur Weltliteratur/Studies on World Literature; Vol. 7). Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-476-04485-3_4 [details]
    • Boletsi, M. (2018). The Revenge of Fiction in New Languages of Protest: Holograms, Post-truth, and the Literary Uncanny. Frame, 31(2), 13-34. [details]
    • Boletsi, M. (2018). Towards a Visual Middle Voice: Crisis, Dispossession and Spectrality in Spain’s Hologram Protest. Komparatistik: Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft , 2017, 19-35.
    • Boletsi, M., & Sage, T. (Eds.) (2018). Subjects Barbarian, Monstrous, and Wild: Encounters in the Arts and Contemporary Politics. (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex and race; Vol. 32). Leiden: Brill Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004352018
    • Winkler, M., & Boletsi, M. (Eds.) (2018). Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Theory, Literature and the Arts. - Vol. 1: From the Enlightenment to the Turn of the Twentieth Century. (Schriften zur Weltliteratur/Studies on World Literature; Vol. 7). Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-476-04485-3 [details]

    2017

    • Boletsi, M. (2017). Who’s afraid of barbarians? Interrogating the Trope of ‘Barbarian Invasions’ in Western Public Rhetoric from 1989 to the Present. Groniek : Historisch Tijdschrift, 49(211), 115-130.

    2016

    • Boletsi, M. (2016). Review of “Σαν κ' εμένα καμωμένοι”: Ο ομοφυλόφυλος Καβάφης και η ποιητική της σεξουαλικότητας [“Made just like me”: The Homosexual Cavafy and the Poetics of Sexuality] by Dimitris Papanikolaou. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 34(1), 195-200.

    2015

    • Boletsi, M., & Moser, C. (Eds.) (2015). Barbarism Revisited: New Perspectives on an Old Concept. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

    2014

    • Boletsi, M. (2014). Wall-building and the Paradoxes of Globalization: Franz Kafka’s 'The Great Wall of China'. In L. Jiande, & E. van Alphen (Eds.), Literature, Aesthetics and History: Forum of Cultural Exchange Between China and the Netherlands (pp. 121-133). Beijing: Social Science Academic Press China.
    • Boletsi, M. (2014). Warten auf die Barbaren in der bildenden Kunst. Zwei Inszenierungen von Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis’ Gedicht. In C. Dauven-van Knippenberg, C. Moser, & D. Wendt (Eds.), Texturen des Barbarischen. Exemplarische Studien zu einem Grenzbegriff der Kultur (pp. 195-214). Heidelberg: Synchron.

    2013

    • Boletsi, M. (2013). Mehrsprachigkeit und ihre Herausforderungen: Barbarismen in Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Performance-Literatur. Kulturrevolution, 65, 47-57.
    • Boletsi, M. (2013). Review of Inleiding in de Nieuwgriekse literatuur. Van de 12de tot de 21ste eeuw [Introduction to Modern Greek literature. From the 12th to the 21st century] by Peter Borghart. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 31(1), 151-157.
    • Boletsi, M. (2013). Η θερμοκρασία της ειρωνείας στον Καβάφη. Dentro, 193-194, 83-88.

    2011

    • Boletsi, M. (2011). Review of Hellenism and the Postcolonial Imagination: Yeats, Cavafy, Walcott; by Martin MacKinsey. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 29(2), 296-298.
    • Boletsi, M. (2011). Second Personhood as Political Art. In M. Aydemir, & E. Peeren (Eds.), Eighty-Eight: Mieke Bal PhD's 1983-2011 Amsterdam: ASCA Press.

    2009

    • Birdsall, C., Boletsi, M., Sapir, I., & Verstraete, P. (2009). Inside knowledge: (un)doing ways of knowing in the humanities. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. [details]
    • Birdsall, C., Boletsi, M., Sapir, I., & Verstraete, P. (2009). Introduction. In C. Birdsall, M. Boletsi, I. Sapir, & P. Verstraete (Eds.), Inside knowledge: (un)doing ways of knowing in the humanities (pp. 1-13). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. [details]
    • Boletsi, M. (2009). Barbarism as a Mode of (not) Knowing. In C. Birdsall, I. Sapir, & P. Verstraete (Eds.), Inside Knowledge: (Un)doing Ways of Knowing in the Humanities (pp. 57-75). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

    2008

    • van Gemert, A., Lauxtermann, M., Janssen, M., Wennekendonk-Visser, M., Boletsi, M., Bot, A., ... Zervou, R. (2008). Prisma μεγάλο Ελληνο-ολλανδικό λεξικό = Prisma groot woordenboek Nieuwgrieks-Nederlands. Houten: Prisma Woordenboeken en Taaluitgaven. [details]

    2006

    • Boletsi, M. (2006). Between Hospitality and Hostility: Crossing Balkan Borders in Adela Peeva’s ‘Whose is this Song? In M. Bal, B. van Eekelen, P. Spyer, & I. Boer (author) (Eds.), Uncertain Territories: Boundaries in Cultural Analysis (pp. 239-258). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

    2018

    • Boletsi, M. (2018). The Futurity of Things Past: Thinking Greece Beyond Crisis. (Oratiereeks; No. 600). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]

    Mediaoptreden

    • Boletsi, M. (09-01-2019). Rethinking Greece: Maria Boletsi on Cavafy's 'barbarians' and on making Greece and its culture part of transnational debates [Web] Greek News Agenda: Rethinking Greece. Rethinking Greece: Maria Boletsi on Cavafy's 'barbarians' and on making Greece and its culture part of transnational debates.
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