Varvogli, Aliki


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research), English

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Personal profile


I was born and raised in Greece, where I studied English and American Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I then completed my MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia, and I have been at Dundee since 2001.

I work in the area of contemporary American fiction, and my current projects include studies of ‘credit crunch fiction’ and of the police procedural.

I have published books, articles and book chapters on various American authors, including Paul Auster, Philip Roth, Annie Proulx, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others.

I currently teach courses on Multi-Ethnic American Fiction and American Crime Fiction and I contribute to the Creative Writing Master’s Programme.  I am also the Learning & Teaching Co-ordinator for English.

Dr Varvogli was a 2015 joint winner of a CASS Teaching & Good Practice Award in the category Quite Amazing, for her work in raising awareness of employability and cultural diversity with her 'Other Americas' module.

Research interests

Dr Varvogli's research interests include:

  • Contemporary American literature;
  • Postmodernism;
  • narratives of immigration;
  • crime fiction;
  • literature and the urban experience;
  • literature and travel;
  • transatlanticism;
  • 9/11 fiction.

My current work focuses on American literary responses to financial crisis, and I am also working on the police procedural and forensic thriller genres.

I would welcome PhD proposals in any of the areas listed above.

AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details.

Dr Varvogli's most recent publication is Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction. The book discusses, among others, Russell Banks, Jonathan Safran Foer, Amy Tan, Ethan Canin and Chang-rae Lee.

Dr Varvogli is the series editor, with Dr Chris Gair from the University of Glasgow, of Approaches to Contemporary American Literature. For further information, or to submit a book proposal, please visit

She has guest-edited, with Dr Tatiani Rapatzikou from the University of Thessaloniki, a special issue of the scholarly journal Gramma. Please visit to find out more about the journal.

Dr Varvogli has also contributed entries on the American novel for Encarta, and is working on entries on Annie Proulx and Jonathan Safran Foer for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Fiction.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998


  • PR English literature
  • PS American literature

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Research Output

Open Access

Borders and Mixed-Race Fictions

Varvogli, A., 2017, American Literature in Transition, 1990–2000. Burn, S. J. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 217-232 16 p. (American Literature in Transition).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

CYRUS RK PATELL. Emergent US Literatures: From Multiculturalism to Cosmopolitanism in the Late Twentieth Century

Varvogli, A., Nov 2015, In : Review of English Studies. 66, 277, p. 1010-1011 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

American Literature Association

Aliki Varvogli (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Symbiosis Biennial conference

Aliki Varvogli (Participant)
6 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

American Literature association

Aliki Varvogli (Participant)
25 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

University of Copenhagen

Aliki Varvogli (Visiting researcher)
23 Aug 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution


Aliki Varvogli (Participant)
2016 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


A Mongrel Tradition: Contemporary Scottish Crime Fiction and its Transatlantic Contexts

Author: Kydd, C., 2013

Supervisor: Varvogli, A. (Supervisor) & Robb, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Reading the Transatlantic Gothic Fiction of Walter Scott and Edgar Allan Poe

Author: Williams, G. S., 2019

Supervisor: Morris, T. (Supervisor) & Varvogli, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


'some particulars': The Poetry and Practice of Thomas A. Clark

Author: Tarbuck, A., 2018

Supervisor: Roberts, A. (Supervisor), Varvogli, A. (Supervisor) & Johnstone, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

The Anxiety of Expression : Word, Image and Sound in 9/11 Fiction

Author: Findlay, L., 2014

Supervisor: Varvogli, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy