Peter Jeffreys, PhD

Associate Professor, English

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  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, Boston College
  • BA, Hellenic College

Research Interests

  • British Modernism
  • The Bloomsbury Group
  • Literary Decadence
  • British Aestheticism
  • Byzantine Art and Hymnography
  • Modern Greek Literature



  • Alexandrian Sphinx: C.P. Cavafy—A Poet’s Life (under composition-2020)
  • Approaches to Teaching the Work of C.P. Cavafy. Co-edited with Demetrios Tryphonopoulos. Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. Modern Language Association of America (forthcoming-2020)
  • Η Aναπλαισίωση της Παρακμής: Τα Ιδανικά Πορτραίτα του Κ.Π. Καβάφη. Heraklion: Crete University Press (forthcoming-2020).
  • Reframing Decadence: C.P. Cavafy's Imaginary Portraits. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 2015.
  • E.M. Forster-Κ.Π. Καβάφης Αλληλογραφία: Φίλοι σε Eλαφρήν Aπόκλιση. Athens: Ikaros Press, 2013.
  • C.P. Cavafy: Selected Prose Works. Translated, annotated and introduced by Peter Jeffreys. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2010.
  • The Forster-Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle. New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2009.
  • Eastern Questions: Hellenism and Orientalism in the Writings of E. M. Forster and C. P. Cavafy. ELT Press of English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, The 1880-1920 British Authors Series, Number 18. Greensboro: ELT Press, 2005.
  • Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church: An Architectural and Iconographic Guide. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (privately printed), 2000.

Articles, Essays, and Poems

Lectures, Papers and Speaking Engagements

  • "Cavafy's Levant: Commerce, Culture and Mimicry in the Early Life of the Poet." Cavafy Archive, Onassis Foundation International Cavafy Summer School. Athens, July 8-14, 2019.
  • “’Let me submit to Art’: Cavafy’s Pictorialist Poetics.” Cavafy Archive-Onassis Foundation. Athens, June 15, 2018.
  • “Cavafy Bros. Inc.: Fraternizing through Commerce and Culture.” Modern Greek Studies Association 25th Biennial Symposium. Stockton University, November 2-5, 2017.
  • “C.P. Cavafy’s Imaginary Portraits: Reframing Aestheticism.” University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. Co-sponsored by UNESCO and the Greek Ministry of Culture, November 26, 2013.
  • “Cavafy’s Byzantium: The Poetics of Exquisite Decline.” Lecture.
    - Institute of Sacred Music Colloquium, Yale University, November 2, 2011.
    - Hellenic Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature,Yale University, November 3, 2011
  • “The Other Cavafy: Selected Prose Works.” Lecture and Book Presentation. University of Michigan Department of Greek Studies, Kelsey Archeological Museum, March 22, 2011.
  • “Traces of Paterian Thought in Cavafy’s Shakespeare.” International Cavafy Conference on Editing and Translation in Honor of G.P. Savidis, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 15-17, 2010.
  • “The Slight Angle: The Forster-Cavafy Letters.” Lecture and Book Presentation.
    -Boston Greek Consulate, November 11, 2009.
    -King’s College, Cambridge University, November 24, 2009.
    -Brown University, Department of Classics, April 24, 2010.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board (2013-2016)
    Journal of Modern Greek Studies      
  • Member of the Executive Board, 2011-2014
    Modern Greek Studies Association
  • Associate Editor (Arts & Humanities), 2010-2012
    Journal of Modern Greek Studies
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Courses Taught

  • WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
  • WRI-102 First-Year Writing II
  • WRI-H103 Advanced Freshman English
  • ENG-135 World Literature
  • ENG-213 English Literature Survey I
  • ENG-214 English Literature Survey II
  • ENG-266 Mad Men: Reading Visual Narratives
  • ENG-392 Readings in Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG-408 Modern Greek Literature
  • ENG-366 Modern British Fiction
  • ENG-409 Literary Bloomsbury: Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster
  • ENG-422 Readings in Decadent Literature
  • SF-189 American Gothic: Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O'Connor and Annie Proulx