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Research interests

I am mainly interested in media and literary theory, with a focus on politics, ethics, feminism, and the philosophy of media.  

Supervisory Interests

(Digital) media theory, literary theory/history (esp. post-1850s receptions of Hellenism), European politics and the media (especially Greece), ethics, feminism, mourning, death, loss, and memory. 

Approach to teaching

I endeavour to engage students by highlighting the ways in which theory – whether we talk about media, literature, politics or indeed philosophy – bears heavily on the culture we consume daily, as well as on the articulation and implementation of political decisions that materially influence our lives.

To do so, I rely heavily on twentieth-century continental theory whilst drawing on a diverse array of primary sources and/or media texts mined from an equally diverse spectrum of media platforms: from legacy media to social media platforms and social networking sites. 

I try to inculcate my students with a respect for the value of abstract thinking in practical, everyday life, and with a belief in the emancipatory potential of critical engagement and creative thinking. My two expectations from students are that they are a) conscientious, and b) intellectually daring.

Scholarly biography

My background is in literary and critical theory. I started my teaching career in the School of English at the University of Sussex, where I worked as a teaching fellow since the completion of my doctorate in 2005.


My doctoral thesis explored Virginia Woolf’s classical Greek influences and the ways in which she solidified what I call a ‘poetics of loss,’ by navigating the post-1850s phenomenon of British Hellenism. My thesis was reworked into a monograph entitled Hellenism and Loss in the Work of Virginia Woolf (2011), the first (and hitherto only) book-length study of the author’s relationship with what she called her ‘dead Greeks.’


At Sussex, my teaching and research expertise lay mainly in post-1860s British literature and culture (especially Anglo-American and European modernisms, focusing particularly on the work of Virginia Woolf), in 20th-century constructions of sexuality (especially in representations of same-sex desire in post-1850s British literature and culture), and in genre theory (focusing especially on the theory of the novel).


My teaching and research interests took a decidedly material turn following the global financial crisis of 2007/8 and, especially, during the sovereign debt crisis in Greece post-2009. Since coming to the University of Brighton in 2010, I have sought to explore the ways in which the media – roughly conceptualized – perpetuate existing social, cultural and, mainly, political hegemonies whilst opening up avenues capable of accommodating a socio-political imaginary predicated on egalitarianism, collective effort and justice.

Knowledge exchange



21 - 24 June 2018 - '"To be is to Inherit": The Concept of Labour and the Political Ontology of Woolf's Archive', The 28th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Kent (UK)


9 – 12 November 2016 – ‘Mourning to fail, failing to mourn: a Derridean Approach to the Archivology of Mourning on Digital Media’, ECREA Biannual International Conference, Prague 2016 (CZE)


19 July 2016 – ‘Digital Bloomsbury as a Site For/Of Mourning’, Charleston Trust, Sussex (UK)


26 – 28 June 2014 – ‘The Elasticity of Outsiders – Three Guineas and the Politics of Negativity’. Modernism Now! BAMS Conference, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London (UK)


18 - 19 July 2012 – ‘Sophocles’ Antigone: Protest, Resistance, Ambiguity’ at ‘The Politics of Critique Conference’, University of Brighton (UK).


9- 12 June 2011 – ‘Ambivalent Feminisms: Woolf, Greece and Gender’ at ‘Contradictory Woolf’, the 21st International Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Glasgow (UK).


14 November 2010 – ‘Derrida’s “Mourning” and Virginia Woolf’s “Death”’, PAMLA 2010 Conference – Virginia Woolf Special Session; Chaminade University, Honolulu (USA)


23 – 25 October 2008 – ‘Derrida’s “Love”; Solidarity and Detachment in Contemporary European Fiction’ at ‘Writing in a Post-Derridean Era’ conference, Växjo University (Sweden).




14 Nov 2015, Charleston Trust, Sussex, ‘Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group’ (UK)


16 - 19 July 2015, Athens, Greece: ‘Neoliberalism, Propaganda and “Banal Media”: Mainstream Broadcast Media in Austerity Greece’ at ‘Democracy Rising World Conference’, The Global Centre for Advanced Studies (GCAS, USA) (GR)


May 2015, ‘Sussex Modernisms’, University of Sussex in association with Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex (UK)


1 July 2012 – ‘Poetry Parnassus and the Southbank Centre on Tour – “Speaking Volumes”’ – a Conversation with the Greek representative, the poet Katerina Iliopoulou; Brighton (UK).


25 September 2011 – Ace Stories Brighton; ‘Then the curtain rose. They spoke’: A Commemorative Event on Virginia Woolf. Theodore Koulouris and Rachel Bowlby in Conversation; Brighton (UK)


8 December 2010 – English Literature Research Seminar Series, Department of English, University of Brighton: ‘The Novel: Democracy’s Form?’ (UK).


Keynote: 10 November 2010 – College of Humanities, San Francisco State University; ‘Modernism, Entopia and Loss: ‘Virginia Woolf and Odysseas Elytis’ (USA)

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Research Output 2011 2019

Virginia Woolf's "Greek Notebook" (VS Greek and Latin Studies): An Annotated Transcription

Koulouris, T., 1 May 2019, 25, p. 1 72 p., 1.

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Latin Language
Virginia Woolf
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Neither Sensible, Nor Moderate: Revisiting the Antigone

Koulouris, T., 12 Jun 2018, 7, 2, p. 1-17 17 p., 3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Giorgio Agamben
Literary Tradition

Online misogyny and the alternative right: debating the undebatable

Koulouris, T., 21 Mar 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

class consciousness

Traumatic Europe: the impossibility of mourning in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz

Koulouris, T., 24 Sep 2016, The Novel and Europe: imagining the continent in post-1945 fiction. Hammond, A. (ed.). London, p. 53-70 18 p. (Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature).

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W. G. Sebald

Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison, and the Spirit of Modernist Classicism by Jean Mills (review)

Koulouris, T., 25 Dec 2014, 33, 2, p. 255-257 2 p.

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