Blatanis, Konstantinos 1966–

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Blatanis, Konstantinos 1966–

PERSONAL:

Born December 4, 1966, in Athens, Greece; son of Fotios and Panayo Blatanis. Ethnicity: "Greek." Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, M.A.; Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, Ph.D.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Athens, Greece. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

National and Kapodistrias University of Athens, Athens, Greece, lecturer in American literature and modern drama.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Fulbright fellow in the United States.

WRITINGS:

Popular Culture Icons in Contemporary American Drama, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ), 2003.

SIDELIGHTS:

Konstantinos Blatanis told CA: "Writing can be a number of different and contradictory things all at the same time. It is often difficult but rewarding, intimidating yet inviting, tedious while invigorating. More than anything else, it is true that writing always entails a promise. I undertook my project on popular culture icons in American popular culture with the promise that I would find out more about a long series of modern American plays that I considered attractive, intriguing, and challenging. At the same time, I worked with the hope that my research would lead me to a greater and deeper understanding of issues pertaining directly to the current culture enveloping both the playwrights and me. Needless to say, the very plays I dealt with and the playwrights themselves were my primary sources of inspiration."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Modern Drama, spring, 2005, Robert Baker-White, review of Popular Culture Icons in Contemporary American Drama, pp. 215-217.