Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis is Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and associate professor in the Department of Humanities, where she teaches literature and writing courses, and researches postmodern fiction. Her research interests focus on metafiction and narrative theory in both adult and children's literature. Athanasiou-Krikelis has presented at various conferences both in the U.S. and abroad on topics such as meta-autobiographies (autobiographies that subvert the conventions of the genre) and the metafictional picture book. Her articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, such as Narrative, International Research in Children’s Literature, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, Journal of Modern Greek Studies.

Athanasiou-Krikelis holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, City University of New York and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Comparative Literature from Queens College.


  • “The Child Reading: Female Stereotypes and Social Authority in Sylvia Plath’s Children’s Fiction,” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath (2021).
  • “Mapping the Metafictional Picturebook,” Narrative, The Ohio State University Press, vol. 28, no. 3, October 2020, pp. 355-374.
  • “Who Is the Turk in Greek Children’s and Young Adult Fiction,” International Research in Children’s Literature, Edinburgh University Press, vol. 13, no. 2, July 2020, pp. 76-91.
  • “Picturebook Retellings of ‘The Three Little Pigs:’ Postmodern Parody, Intertextuality, and Metafiction,” Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Johns Hopkins University Press, vol. 44, no. 2, 2019, pp. 173-193.  
  • “Defining Children’s Metafiction: Authority and Power: The Peculiar Case of Ignatius and Other Picturebooks by Eugene Trivizas,” Special Issue: East Meets West: Literature for Children and Youth in Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, Johns Hopkins University Press, vol. 42, no. 1, 2018 pp. 1-19. 
  • “Authorship and Readership in Emily Gravett’s Metafictional Picturebooks.” The Lion and the Unicorn, Johns Hopkins University Press, vol 56, no. 2, 2018, pp. 43-51.
  • “Twisting the Story: Meta-autobiographical Fiction in Margarita Karapanou’s Rien ne va plus and Amanda Michalopoulou’s Θα Ήθελα,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, John Hopkins University Press. May 2016.
  • “Metafiction in the Post-Technological Age: The People of Paper and MetaMaus,” Beyond Postmodernism: Onto the Postcontemporary,” Ed. Christopher K. Brooks, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Amanda Michalopoulou’s God’s Wife, published by World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma, January 2021.
  • Review of Theodora Patrona’s Return Narrative: Ethnic Space in Late-Twentieth Century Greek American and Italian American Literature, published by Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, Spring 2018.
  • Review of Melissa Terras’s Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children’s Literature published by Children's Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 2, Fall 2019.

Media Appearances

Courses taught at New York Tech

  • WRIT 100:  Basic Writing and Reading
  • WRIT 110:  Basic Writing and Reading for International Students  
  • FCWR 111:  Foundations of College Composition for International Students
  • FCWR 161:  Foundations of Research Writing for International Students
  • ICLT 304:  Children’s Literature
  • ICLT 311:  What Was Modernism? 
  • ICLT 327:  Literature of Initiation
  • ICLT 300:  Postmodern Fiction
  • ICLT 300:  The Graphic Novel