Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis teaches literature and academic writing, and specializes in postmodern fiction. She studies the narrative practices of the metafictional and the self-reflexive text in both adult and children's literature. Her dissertation, "Postmodern Metafiction Revisited," examines novels that disclose and foreground their fictionality in order to polarize literature’s relation to reality.

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 educational interests include teaching methodologies for international students and teaching with technology.

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.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Metafiction and the Postmodern Language Game in Contemporary Picturebooks
  • Greek Children’s Literature and Eugene Trivizas’s Metafictional Play
  • Paul Auster’s “City of Glass” and the Labyrinth of Interpretation

Grants, Publications, and Presentations

  • “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.
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant (TLT). “Online Grammar Tutorials for International Students,” 2015-16, with Dr. Michael Uttendorfer, School of Education.
  • “Metafiction in the Post-Technological Age: The Case of The People of Paper and MetaMaus.” Beyond Postmodernism: Onto the Postcontemporary. Ed. Christopher K. Brooks. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2013.
  • “The Artist Drawing: Metafiction in Children’s Literature.” Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association, Boston, March 2016.
  • “Pictures and Metafiction” (Panel Organizer). “Metafiction, Metalepsis, and the Postmodern Language Game in Children’s Literature” (Presentation Title). Presented at the College of English Association, Denver, April 2016
  • “Eugene Trivizas: Postmodern Children’s Literature.” Presented at the Modern Greek Studies Association, Atlanta, October 2015.
  • “Postmodern Meta-autobiographies.” Presented at the International Conference on Narrative, Chicago, March 2015.

Courses taught at NYIT

  • Basic Reading and Writing for International Students
  • Foundations of College Composition for International Students
  • Foundations of Research Writing for International Students
  • What Was Modernism
  • Children's Literature
  • Literature and Initiation