Dr Lydia Efthymia Roupakia holds a PhD and an MPhil in English Studies from the University of Oxford, UK. Her PhD and MPhil research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).
Dr Roupakia joined the School of English at Aristotle University in September 2019. She has held the position of Head of the Department of American Literature and Culture (2021-2023). Dr. Roupakia's research interests focus on issues of multiculturalism in N. American literature and culture; identity construction and Inter-American studies; cultural theory; contemporary anglophone literature and ethics. Her publications include book chapters; essays published in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Atlantis, Literature Interpretation Theory, University of Toronto Quarterly, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and in other journals. She is also co-editor of a volume of essays on religion and migration published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017).
Dr. Roupakia's prior teaching experience includes adjunct lecturing posts at the International Hellenic University (2010-2016) and at the University of Patras (2010). She has also taught at the University of Oxford (Christ Church College, tutorial program) and at the Oxford-Stanford undergraduate exchange program (Oxford, UK). Dr. Roupakia has also worked as a full-time member of the English Department at Anatolia College (The American College), Thessaloniki (2010-2019).
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS/ CONFERENCE PAPERS/ PUBLIC TALKS
Roupakia E.L., Sideri, E. Religion, Mobilities and Belongings & Other Essays, Special Issue, Ex-Centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media, issue 5, 2021. https://ejournals.lib.auth.gr/ExCentric/issue/view/1097/showToc
Roupakia E.L. “Intersectionally aware urban re-mappings of self and belonging after postmodernism: reading Angie Cruz’s Dominicana (2019),” Past Postmodernism: American Studies in the 21st Century, Theodaora Tsmbouki, Konstantinos Blatanis, and Angeliki Tseti (eds), Palgrave Macmillan: 2023. (forthcoming)
Roupakia E.L. “Whose Recognition? Authenticity, Agency and Responsibility in Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field,” Community Boundaries and Border Crossings by Ethnic Women Writers, Kristen Lillvis, Molly Fuller, and Robert Miltner (eds), Rowman and Littlefield: 2016.
Sideri Eleni and Roupakia E.L. (editors) Religion and Migration in the Black Sea Region, as part of the Religion and Global Migrations series. Palgrave Macmillan: 2017.
Selected Articles in Peer-Reviewed International Journals:
Roupakia E.L. “On ‘Transcultural Presence’ and ‘Reparative’ Reading Practice: Rethinking Belonging and Transcultural Transformation in Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 47, no. 2, 2022.
Roupakia E.L., Sideri. E. “Introduction: Religion, Migration and Belonging: From Postcolonial Narratives to Posthuman Worlds.” Religion, Mobilities and Belongings & Other Essays, Special Issue Ex-Centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media, issue 5, 2021. 1-15. DOI: 10.26262/exna.v0i5.8490
Roupakia E.L. “Religion, Cosmopolitanism and Ethics: Re-reading Monica Ali’s Brick Lane”. Journal of Postcolonial Writing: 52. 6 (2016).
Roupakia E.L. “‘Art-iculating’ affective citizenship: Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For.” Atlantis, Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies: 37.1 (2015).
Roupakia E.L. “On ‘Care’, ethics and reading practice: Re-reading Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” Literature Interpretation Theory, Routledge: 26.2 (2015).
Roupakia E.L. “On judging with care and the responsibility of an heir: reading Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach.” University of Toronto Quarterly 81.2 (2012).
Selected Articles in Conference Proceedings/ Conference Papers
Roupakia, E.L. “Ex-centric narrative remappings of urban space and ‘cityzenship’ in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003) and Angie Cruz’s Dominicana (2019),” in the seminar “Feminist Textualities in the Urban Novel,” 2022 American Comparative Literature Association, National Taiwan Normal University (ACLA), Taipei (Virtual), June 15-18, 2022
Roupakia, E.L. “Moral, Spiritual and Political ‘Wastelands’ or a ‘Complicated Kindness’? Re-reading Miriam Toews, Rethinking Religious Belonging,” 34th European Association of American Studies Conference, Wastelands, Madrid (Hybrid), 6-8 April, 2022.
Roupakia E.L. “Urban re-mappings of (un)belonging in Edwidge Danticat’s ‘New York Day Women’ and Angie Cruz’s Dominicana,” in the “Literature and the American City” session, 118th annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference, (Hybrid), Las Vegas, Nov 11-14, 2021.
Roupakia, E.L. “Notes on Transcultural Belonging: Negotiating ‘Transcultural Presence’ and ‘Reparative’ Reading through Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,” 2020 European Association of American Studies Conference, 20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal, Warsaw (Virtual), April 30th-May 2nd 2021.
Roupakia E.L. “Religion, Migration, Cosmopolitanism: Women Crossing Boundaries.” The Politics of Space and the Humanities, International Conference, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 15-17 Dec 2017.
Baniotopoulou, Roupakia and Sideri. “Locating belonging, refiguring space: Mediterranean Crossings and the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.” Continuities, Discontinuities, Ruptures in the Greek World (1204-2014): Economy, Society, History, Literature. Edited by Konstandinos A. Dimadis, Freie Universitaet Berlin: 2014.
Roupakia E.L. “Intersectional Urban Remappings of Self and Belonging in N. American Fiction after Postmodernism: Reading Angie Cruz’s Dominicana (2919).” Talk presented at the one-day international conference “Past Postmodernism: American Studies in the 21st Century,” National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, March 17th, 2023.
Roupakia E.L. “Narrative Re-Mappings of Identity in Edwidge Danticat’s ‘New York Day Women.’” Invitation extended by Stockton University, USA in the context of the “Virtual Exchanges” initiative between AUTh and Stockton. December 2020.
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