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Maria Hadjipolycarpou

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Contact Information

4039 LCLB
707 S Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Wednesday 2:00-2:50 P.M.
Lecturer; Director, Modern Greek Studies


Maria Hadjipolycarpou is Lecturer in Modern Greek and Mediterranean studies.  She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan where she wrote her dissertation entitled, "Poetics of Self in Postcolonial Autobiography: Intersubjective Histories in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean."  Before coming to Illinois she taught at Columbia University (2014 - 2017) and at The City University of New York, Queens College (2017- 2019). Primary areas of interest include literature in the Eastern Mediterranean and the relationship of autobiography, politics, and history; partition and diaspora; Cypriot literature and culture; religion, modernity, and the state; gender, and sexuality in postcolonial literature; global studies; island studies; poetry; orality. She was a 2013-2014 James A. Winn Graduate Student Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She was a 2016-2017 Visiting Fellow at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. 


Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, Purdue University
Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, Purdue University
Bachelor of Arts, Modern Greek and Byzantine Literature, University of Cyprus

Courses Taught

  • CLCV 120 Decolonizing the Body: Eros and the Erotic in the Poetry of C. P. Cavafy                                                                      
  • CLCV 120 Storytelling and Transformation: Narratives of Self from Homer to Arianna Huffington                                                           
  • GRKM 201 & 202 Elementary Modern Greek                                                                                                                                       
  • GRKM 403 & 404 Intermediate Greek

selected publications


Hadjipolycarpou, Maria. "The Nation of Saints: The National Theological Rhetoric of Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus (1913-1977)." Journal of Modern Greek Studies, vol. 33, no. 1, 2015, p. 127-153. Excerpt.


Hadjipolycarpou, Maria. "Immigration, Transformation, Innovation." Transnational Narratives in Englishes of Exile, edited by Catalina Florescu, Sheng Mei Ma. Lexington Books, 2017. Amazon.
Hadjipolycarpou, Maria. God's Wife by Amanda Michalopoulou. Translated by Patricia Felisa Barbeito, January 2021. Rain Taxi online
Hadjipolycarpou, Maria. Τα μυστικά της τέχνης του Καβάφη του Ερατοσθένη Γ. Καψωμένου, Άνευ 72, Δεκέμβριος 2019, 86-90.