Stamos Metzidakis earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982. His research interests include modern French, Francophone and comparative literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with particular attention to poetry, prose poetry, literary theory, and North American French history and culture. Other research interests include visual/verbal relations between painting, sculpture, film and literature. He is the author of Repetition and Semiotics: Interpreting Prose Poems (1986) and Difference Unbound: The Rise of Pluralism in Literature and Criticism (1995). A second edition of Difference Unbound is forthcoming from Rodopi with a new preface by Mary Ann Caws, a new author's introduction and a new index. He has also edited and co-authored a volume of original essays, Understanding French Poetry: Essays for a New Millenium (1st edition 1994, 2nd edition 2001), and has served as guest editor for two issues of L’Esprit Créateur, one on Andre Breton (1996) and a second on Prose Poetry (1999). He is currently working on two book manuscripts: Des lignes et des lettres: Essais néo-formalistes, and Recollecting French America: A Postmodern Chronology.