Prof. Christina Christoforatou

Christina Christoforatou




Phone: (646) 312- 4026

Location: VC 7-273


Christina Christoforatou is Associate Professor of English specializing in medieval literature—Western-European and Byzantine—manuscript studies, and medieval cosmology.  A native Athenian, she completed her secondary education in Greece before moving to New York to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies at the City University of New York.  Her research interests have taken her back to Greece and to various European libraries—national and monastic—where she has studied the manuscripts of the Byzantine romances she was spoken and written on. 

Her scholarship ranges broadly over medieval cultural poetics, Byzantine intellectual history, and iconographic expressions of power.  Her essays examine the institutional and symbolic relation of literature to politics linking the role of the Byzantine literati to the court, the aftermath of political upheaval, and to figurations of power in literary and artistic commissions.  They have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance StudiesEnarratio (formerly PMAM), Italian Culture, Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Cultures in Confluence and Dialogue, Journal of the History of Sexuality (JHS), and others.  In 2009 she was invited along with Sally N. Vaughn to edit a special issue for Journal of the History of Sexuality (JHS) devoted to medieval eroticism.  Desire and Eroticism in Medieval Europe, Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries appeared in print in 2010.  She is currently working on a book-length project that examines the interplay of sexual and political iconography in Byzantine literary texts and the influence of imperial patronage to literary evolution. 

Before joining the faculty at Baruch in 2005, Professor Christoforatou taught courses in literature and composition at Brooklyn College and New York City College of Technology, where she also had the opportunity to introduce Writing Across the Curriculum.  At Baruch, she teaches Great Works of Literature courses, electives in Ancient and Medieval poetics, survey courses in Medieval Literature, and Interdisciplinary Seminars.  She has also served as interim coordinator for Writing Across the Curriculum and is participating faculty at the Baruch College Honors Program.



Great Works of Literature I & II (ENG 2800 | ENG 2850)

Early English Litearature (ENG 4100)

Medieval Literature (ENG 4110)

Chaucer (ENG 4120)

Medieval Romance: A Comparative Study (ENG 4710)

Ancient Greek Poetics (ENG 5000)

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur (ENG 6001)

Political Literature from the Athenian Republic to the Global State (IDC 4050)



Christoforatou, C. (2015).  “Ontologies of Power in the Sovereign Politcs of Pindar and Machiavelli.”  Italian Culture, 33(2), 87-104.

Christoforatou, C. (2011).  “Figuring Eros in Byzantine Fiction: Iconographic Transformation and Political Evolution.”  Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Cultures in Confluence and Dialogue, 17(3), 321-359.

Christoforatou, C. and Sally N. Vaughn, eds. (2010).  Desire and Eroticism in Medieval Europe, Eleventh to the Fifteenth Centuries: Sex Without SexJournal of the History of Sexuality, 19(1), 1-152.

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