Marina Rodosthenous-Balafa

Marina Rodosthenous-Balafa

Associate Professor, School of Education

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Marina Rodosthenous-Balafa is an Associate Professor in Modern Greek Literature and Teaching Literature at the University of Nicosia. She is the Head of the Department of Education and the coordinator of the MA Programme of Study: Teaching of Language and Literature (MEd). She graduated from the University of Cyprus with High Honours (BA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies). She continued her studies at King’s College London (MA in Modern Greek Studies) and Cambridge University (PhD in Early Modern Greek Literature). In September 2006 she was awarded a grant from the A.G. Leventis Foundation for postdoctoral research on “Cypriot and Cretan Renaissance Literature”. She was employed as Special Scientist and Associated Educational Personnel (a post which includes autonomous lecturing) at Cambridge University (2004-2006), European University of Cyprus (2007-2009), Cyprus University (2001-2003, 2007-current) and Open University Cyprus (2010-2011, 2014). Dr Rodosthenous-Balafa has presented her research in several international and regional conferences. She has published in refereed journals, collective volumes and conference proceedings. She has organized various conferences on Literature and Teaching Literature. She is the editor of two books on Teaching Literature. Her areas of interest include Greek Renaissance Literature· Petrarchism· Neoplatonism· 19th-21st century Greek Literature· Comparative Literature· Thematics· the elaboration of Philosophy, Religion, Culture and History of Ideas in Literature· Cultural Literacy and Teaching of Literature in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education. She supervises PhD students with a focus on Modern Greek Literature and Teaching Literature. For her research work, see

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Διδακτορικό Δίπλωμα (Πρώιμη Νεοελληνική Λογοτεχνία). Τίτλος Διατριβής: Youth and Old Age: A Thematic Approach to Selected Works of Cretan Renaissance Literature , University of Cambridge


Master, Master of Arts (Νεοελληνικές Σπουδές) , King's College London


Bachelor, Βυζαντινή και Νέα Ελληνική Φιλολογία, University of Cyprus


External positions

Μέλος του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου Κυπριακού Συνδέσμου Παιδικού και Νεανικού Βιβλίου, Cyprus IBBY


Εκλελεγμένο Μέλος της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Γενικής & Συγκριτολογικής Γραμματολογίας (Société Grecque de Litérature Générale et Comparée)

2018 → …

Μέλος της Εταιρείας Κυπριακών Σπουδών

2013 → …

Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society

2005 → …

Μέλος του Renaissance Society of America

2004 → …

Graduate Scholar του Selwyn College, Πανεπιστήμιο Κέιμπριτζ

2003 → …


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