Panagiota Vogiatzi

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Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Representations of Queer Women in French and Greek Literature (1880-1940): A Comparative Reading
Supervisors: Dr Charlotte Ross and Dr Elliot Evans
PhD Modern Languages


I completed my BA in Greek Philology at the University of Ioannina (Greece) and my MA in Modern Greek Literature (University of Ioannina). My thesis focused on the representations of female homosexuality in Greek literature during the first decades of 20th century.


My research focuses on the period between 1880 and 1940 and examines one of the "abnormal" forms of sexuality of that time, female homosexuality, by means of a comparative study of French and Greek literary images of female same-sex desire and gendered self during this period.

My study will address the following questions. Initially, how were queer women’s bodies and sexual identities depicted and how did the literary significance of female homoeroticism change during the sixty-year period? In addition, what effect did French literary production have on Greek literature regarding the lesbian thematic, and which were the convergences and divergences in the reception and meaning of a queer sexual desire in such different cultural, and literary contexts? Furthermore, what traces can be identified in literary works of heteronormative discourses of the time, and how did writers seek to destabilize and subvert the stigmatised significances of queer sexualities and bodies?


  • Panagiota Vogiatzi, “Eros and the transformation of its meaning in Eleni’s Vakalo poetry”,  Chartis, January 2021.