Peter Jeffreys, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English

Phone: 617-994-6438
Fax: 617-305-1744
Office: 8072, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont


Fall 2018 Office Hours 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays


  • 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

Selected Publications


Alexandrian Sphinx: C.P. Cavafy—A Poet’s Life. Under Composition.   

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. Under Consideration.     

Η Aναπλαισίωση της Παρακμής: Τα Ιδανικά Πορτραίτα του Κ.Π. Καβάφη. Heraklion: Crete University Press (forthcoming).

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

“Greek Necropolis.” (Poem). C.P. Cavafy Forum, University of Michigan. Fall 2018. Department of Classical Studies and Modern Greek.

“Arrangement in Black and Gray: After Whistler.” (Poem). Ergon: Greek American Transnational Arts and Letters. Fall 2017.

“Συμφωνία σε Μαύρο και Γκρι: Μετά από Whistler.” (Poem). Άνθη της Πέτρας. Summer 2017.

“Seraph.” (Poem). Paradise in Limbo Literary Arts Magazine. Issue 1: September, 2016: 13-14.

“C.P. Cavafy: Living for Art.” The National Herald.
“Remembering Cavafy 150 Years Later.”  13 December, 2013. C.P. Cavafy Forum, University of Michigan.

“Ταξίδι στον χρόνο με τον Καβάφη: διασκελίζοντας δύο αιώνες/Time Travel with Cavafy: Spanning Two Centuries.” Τα Νέα-Ταχυδρόμος: 2 June, 2013.

“Οι αυτοκράτειρες του Καβάφη: μια σημείωση για το βυζαντινό camp”/Cavafy’s Empresses: A Note on Byzantine Camp.” Το Δέντρο: June 2013.

“Performing in Prose: Cavafy’s Πεζά and the Problematics of Style.” Imagination and Logos: Essays on C.P.Cavafy. Harvard Early Modern and Modern Greek Studies.  Ed. Panagiotis Roilos. Harvard University Press, 2010.

“'Aesthetic to the point of affliction’: Cavafy and English Aestheticism.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 24.1 (2006): 57-89.
“Following the Recipe: Cavafy and Magical Texts” in “…what these Ithacas mean.”: Readings in Cavafy. Athens: Hellenic Literary and Historic Archive, 2002: 134-135.

“Dünya Güzeli: Cavafy’s Folkloric Odalisque.”Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 26 (2002): 219-247.

“Cavafy, Forster, and the Eastern Question.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 19.1 (2001): 61-87.

Lectures, Papers and Speaking Engagements 

“’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

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