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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



I have reviewed published books or manuscripts/proposals for publishers such as Sage and Ohio University Press, and for academic journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Convergence, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Contemporary Women’s Writing, and the Classical Review.



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Research Output 2011 2019

Antigone and its context: Review of (D.) Stuttard (ed.) Looking at Antigone

Koulouris, T., 25 Jun 2019, 69, 2, p. 1-3 3 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook ReviewResearchpeer-review

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

Koulouris, T., 1 May 2019, In : Woolf Studies Annual . 25, p. 1 72 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Latin Language
Virginia Woolf
East Sussex

Neither Sensible, Nor Moderate: Revisiting the Antigone

Koulouris, T., 12 Jun 2018, In : Humanities. 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, In : Feminist Media Studies.

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

Activities 2008 2018

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 5 Invited talk

'"To be is to Inherit": The Concept of Labour and the Political Ontology of Woolf's Archive'

Theodore Koulouris (Presenter)
21 Jun 201824 Jun 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

‘Mourning to fail, failing to mourn: a Derridean Approach to the Archivology of Mourning on Digital Media’

Theodore Koulouris (Presenter)
9 Nov 201612 Nov 2016

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Digital Bloomsbury as a Site of/for Mourning

Theodore Koulouris (Presenter)
19 Jul 2016

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

‘Neoliberalism, Propaganda and “Banal Media”: Mainstream Broadcast Media in Austerity Greece’

Theodore Koulouris (Presenter)
16 Jul 201519 Jul 2015

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Virginia Woolf and Sussex

Theodore Koulouris (Presenter)
13 May 2015

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk