Imperios and Margarona:
The Rhymed Version
Athens: Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece [MIET], 2019

yiavis book imperios margarona 2019This edition recalibrates criticism of early modern Greek literature in a fiercely comparative context. Imperios is a sixteenth-century romance that was wildly popular until the nineteenth. It derives from a French original of the twelfth century with over three hundred versions in all European languages, including Hebrew and Armenian. A surprisingly large number of analogues, which range from Gilgamesh to Homer to Shahnameh to vernacular poetry in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Latin, Farsi and Arabic, among other languages, help to uncover intricate routes of cultural mobility in the Mediterranean.

Aside from comparative literary criticism, a key methodological theme in the book is its emphasis on a systematic approach to fundamental questions of textual criticism, emandation, edition, dating. Here a long-lost source is discovered. An eighty-year-old debate regarding precedence of manuscripts is brought to a close. A proposal is offered for a codicological description of manuscripts and prints, with an eye towards challenging current practices in Greek paleography. Rigorously marshalling sources from a variety of disciplines, the book's Commentary should rank among the most comprehensive found in any edition of a work of vernacular literature.



Kostas Yiavis (ed.), Λόγου Κάριν
Ένας τιμητικός τόμος για την
Κάριν Boklund-Λαγοπούλου,
Thessaloniki: Epikentro, 2019


yiavisbook lagopoulou 2019The Festschrift to celebrate the retirement of Professor Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou includes some provocative fresh research by friends, colleagues, some of the leaders in their respective fields. The range of the studies (from Medieval Literature to Critical Theory to Comparative Literature to Cultural Studies to Translation among others) reflects the width of Boklund’s interests. The contributions are in either Greek or English.


Refereed Articles

«Η εκμετάλλευση της κοσμικής μυθιστορίας από τα αγιολογικά κείμενα.  Η περίπτωση του Αλεξίου του ανθρώπου του Θεού»,

in Λόγου Κάριν.  Ένας τιμητικός τὀμος για την Κάριν Boklund-Λαγοπούλου, edited by Kostas Yiavis, Thessaloniki: Επίκεντρο, 2019, pp. 31-49. [Read it here]

“The Categories of 'Originals' and 'Adaptations' in Late Byzantine Romance: A Reassessment”,

in Reading the Late Byzantine Romance: A Handbook, edited by Adam Goldwyn and Ingela Nilsson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 19-39. [Read it here]

«Ερωτόκριτος και Aretusa»,

in Ερωτόκριτος, νέες προοπτικές, edited by Σωτηρία Σταυρακοπούλου, Τασούλα Μαρκομιχελάκη and Τ. Καπλάνης, Thessaloniki: Γράφημα, 2017, pp. 173-90. [Read it here]

“The Greek Erotokritos and the Italian Aretusa : Open-ended texts in Renaissance literature, and Kornaros's creative conservatism”.

Rivista di letteratura comparata italiana, bizantina e neoellenica 1 (2017): pp. 23-34. [Read it here]

«Ο Κρητικός Πόλεμος στη συλλογική φαντασία της Δύσης»,

in Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Cretan Studies, edited by Alexis Kalokairinos, [Read it here]

«Στρατηγικές και στόχοι στην έκδοση της πρώιμης νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας.  Ένα παράδειγμα»,

in Πρακτικά  της Ημερίδας ‘Η εκδοτική των κειμένων της νεοελληνικής γραμματείας’, edited by Αγγελική Λούδη, Thessaloniki: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, 2016, pp. 39-51. [Read it here]

“The Adaptations of Western Sources by Byzantine Vernacular Romances”,

in Fictional Storytelling in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond, edited by Carolina Cupane and Bettina Krönung, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, pp. 127-55. [Read it here]

“Persian Chronicles, Greek Romances: The Haft Paykar and Velthandros”,

in A Festschrift for David W. Holton, edited by  E.  Camatsos, T. Kaplanis και J. Pye, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scolars Publishing, 2014, pp. 23-45. [Read it here]

“The Topos of Attack on Courtly Banquets”. 

Σύγκριση/Comparaison 23 (2012), pp. 5-42. [Read it here]

“Interdependence of Text and Manuscript in the Sixteenth Century”,

in Πρώιμη νεοελληνικὴ δημώδης γραμματεία.  Γλώσσα, παράδοση καὶ ποιητική [Neograeca medii aevi, 6], edited by G.K. Mavromatis and N. Agiotis.
Heraklion: Vikelaia, 2012, pp. 197-214. [Read it here]

“English Influence on Greek Literature”,

in Literary Dictionary. Athens: Patakis, 2007, pp. 1368-73 [in Greek]. [Read it here]

Entries on Dawkins, Papastavrou, George Thompson.

Ibid., pp. 463; 2434; 2170-1. [Read it here]

“So Near Yet So Far: Medieval Courtly Romance and Imberios and Margarona”.

Byzantinische Zeitschrift 99:1 (2006): pp. 195-217. [Read it here]

“Finding Imberios and Margarona: An Inventory of Extant Editions”.

Hellenika 56:2 (2006): pp. 321-45. [Read it here]

“Chaucer and the Death of the Father as a Figure of Authority”.

Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism 9 (2001): pp. 13-29. [Read it here]

“Life-giving Waters and the Waters of the Cephise: Fairie Queene I, XI, 29-30”.

Classical and Modern Literature 19 (1998): pp. 77-82. [Read it here]