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Panagiotis Roilos
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Roilos is George Seferis Professor of Greek Studies and professor of comparative literature at Harvard. He specializes in the cultural history of Greece (twelfth century-present) within its broader European and Mediterranean contexts. His research interests include literature and politics, ritual theory and semantics, comparative poetics, and cultural constructions of the past. Roilos is author of C. P. Cavafy: The Economics of Metonymy, Amphoteroglossia: A Poetics of the Twelfth-Century Medieval Greek Novel, and Towards a Ritual Poetics (with D. Yatromanolakis). His major publications also include Greek Ritual Poetics (co-editor) and Imagination and Logos: Essays on C. P. Cavafy (editor). He is co-chair of the Seminar on Cultural Politics at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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Cavafy's Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Liminality

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 8:26 AM

Probing the work of C. P. Cavafy has been intriguing for me, not only because he is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century European aesthetic culture, but also for another reason: as Cavafy records in his diary of his first trip to Greece in 1901 (written in English),...

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Economic Crisis, the "PIGS" and the European "Animal Farm"

(21) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 11:56 AM

Current European economic crisis and its social repercussions can be viewed and interpreted from a number of perspectives. Here, I have opted to approach them in terms of the concepts and processes of mimetic desire and scapegoating, as these are analyzed in René Girard's work. My specific hermeneutic choice is...

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The Beauty in the "Beast": Humanity(-ies) in the Era of Globalization

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Describing what was (and still is) broadly held as "abnormal" examples of biological development, J. B. Robinet observed in his book Considérations philosophiques sur la gradation naturelle des formes de l' être (1768)1:

We should believe that the most apparently bizarre forms... belong necessarily and essentially to the universal plan...
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