Plato; 20th and 21st centuries classical receptions (esp. in prose and film); Greek tragedy and epic; philosophy and fiction; narrative; cognitive Classics; medical humanities; psychoanalysis and critical theory
2018 School of Humanities Teaching Excellence Award, UCI
2016 Academic Senate Research Award, School of Humanities, UCI
2016 Travel Award, School of Humanities, UCI
2014-15 Humanities Residency Fellowship, UCI
2012-13 Faculty Desktop Computing Initiative Award, UCI
2008-09 Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC
2005 Professor of the Year, University of Redlands
2004 Central European University, Philosophy Department Fellowship
2003 Margo Titus Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati (Summer)
2001-02 Scott Dissertation Fellowship, University of Illinois
2000 Richard Scanlan Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Illinois
1999 Campus Award in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois
1994-01 Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois (full tuition and stipend)
1991 Summa cum laude, First Class, University of Athens, Greece
2002-2005: Assistant Professor, University of Redlands
These days I am mostly interested in 20th and 21st centuries classical receptions in literature and film. My first book proposed a reading of Plato’s Theaetetus through the prism of the Apology (Plato’s Theateteus as a Second Apology, Oxford 2013) and was the culmination of a sustained interest in Plato. Since then, I have co-edited and contributed to a volume on Plato’s Symposium (Cambridge 2017) but have mostly published articles in Plato, Greek epic, and tragedy as received by contemporary writers and filmmakers. My labor of love was my edited volume on David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (Routledge 2013), which catapulted me into the fascinating and difficult world of film-analysis. I have various long and short projects in the pipeline including the reception of Plato’s allegory of the Cave in 20th century literature and film, a new reading of Sophocles’ Trachiniae, and articles on Don DeLillo, Martin Crimp, Anne Carson, and Theo Angelopoulos.
* Plato’s Theaetetus as a Second Apology. Oxford: Clarendon (2013).
* Philosophers on Film: Mulholland Drive, Z. Giannopoulou (ed.). New York: Routledge (2013).
* Plato’s Symposium: A Critical Guide, P. Destrée and Z. Giannopoulou (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2017).
Recent Articles and Book Chapters:
“Oedipus Meets Bucky in Philip Roth’s Nemesis,” Philip Roth Studies 12.1 (2016): 15-31.
“Formal Experiments in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad,” in Reading the Past Across Space and Time: Reception and World Literature, R. Hexter and B. Schildgen (eds.), 103-18. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
“Introduction,” in Plato’s Symposium: A Critical Guide, P. Destrée and Z. Giannopoulou (eds.), 1-8. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
“Narrative Temporalities and Models of Desire,” in Plato’s Symposium: A Critical Guide, P. Destrée and Z. Giannopoulou (eds.), 9-27. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
“Middles and Prophecy in the Odyssey,” Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic 1 (2017):137-58.
“Cognition in the Face of Silence in Sophocles’ Trachiniae,” in Minds on Stage, F. Budelmann and I. Sluiter (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
“Simulacra and Simulation: a Deleuzian Reading of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist,” in “Deterritorializing Classics: Deleuze, Guattari, and their Philological Discontents,” Ramus (forthcoming).
“Framing Lars von Trier’s Medea,” Classical Receptions Journal (forthcoming).
* C. Mattusch, Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views. J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014. Classical Journal (online, 2016.01.10).
* P.A. Miller, Diotima at the Barricades: French Feminists Read Plato. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. The Classical Review 67.1 (2016): 27-9.
* D. Ambuel, Turtles All the Way Down: On Plato’s Theaetetus, a Commentary and Translation. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2015. The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition (2017): 224-6.
* F. Trabattoni, Essays on Plato’s Epistemology. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2016. Journal of Hellenic Studies 138 (2018): 295-6.
* A. Helfer, Socrates and Alcibiades: Plato’s Drama of Political Ambition and Philosophy. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. Ancient Philosophy 39 (2019, forthcoming).
2018-19 Curriculum Development Grant, Medical Humanities, UCI
2016-17 Curriculum Development Grant, Medical Humanities, UCI
2017 School of Humanities Grant, UCI
2008 Humanities Center Grant, UCI
2003-04 University Research Grant, University of Redlands
Politeia: International Interdisciplinary Philosophical Review