Konstantinos Blatanis is Assistant Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Athens. He holds a B.A. (1990) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.A. (1992) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied as a Fulbright fellow, and a Ph.D. (1998) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the author of the book Popular Culture Icons in Contemporary American Drama(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003). Some of his recent articles include, “The Value of the Tragic in Contemporary American Drama.” Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 2.2 (2014), “The Politics of Violence and the Mediatization of Urban Spaces on Stage.” Synthesis (2016), “Inquiries and Challenges of Current Politics on the Contemporary American Stage.” Gramma (2016). His research interests lie in American literature, modern drama, popular culture, media studies, and critical theory.