Associate Professor Maria Kakavoulia

Specialization: Rhetoric, Stylistics and Narratology

Maria Kakavoulia was born in Athens and studied Modern Greek Literature and Philosophy at the University of Athens, Greece (BA). She holds a PhD in modern Greek literature from the University of Birmingham, England. For four years, she lectured in Modern Greek in the Ludwig-Maximillian University of Munich, Germany. Today, she is Associate Professor in Rhetoric, Stylistics and Narratology, main coordinator of the Speech and Rhetoric Lab (part of the central Media Lab) in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece. She has published several articles on discourse analysis, media language and narrative. She has published also three books on the poetics and aesthetics of literature, “Studies on narrative discourse” (2003), “Interior Monologue and its discursive formation in Melpo Axioti’s prosework ‘Δύσκολες Νύχτες’» (1992), “Figures and Words in the works of ELeni Vakalo” (2004). She has published articles (both in English and Greek language) in scientific journals, reading papers or chapters in books on Modern Greek literature, European Modernist Literature, discourse analysis and media language. For her book «Figures and Words in Eleni Vacalo’s Works” (2005), she was awarded the first Greek state prize for Essay and Criticism.. Ηer research interests include the cognitive value of narrative, the relation of brain and communication, brain and language, the relation of space, movement and language. She has been member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, John Hopkins UP (2007-2010). For several years, she has been a member of the Committee for the State Prizes of Literary Translation (Greek Ministry of Culture). She is currently member of the Modern Greek Studies Association (USA), a member of the Hellenic Aphasia Association.


  1. Communication and Language (4th Semester)
  2. Communication and LanguageΙ (5th Semester)
  3. Narration: Theories and Applications (7th Semester)
  4. Language and Media (MA in Communication and Media Rhetoric)
  5. Storytelling in Old and New Media (MA in Communication and Media Rhetoric)