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Semester 03

ΚΦΝ04 Modern Greek Literature, 12th-17th c. I 

Stefanos Kaklamanis

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the main characteristics of the vernacular printed literature during the two first centuries in the history of the print culture.

Basic thematic sections: The written and the printed book as cultural and material object; the contribution of the printing to the diffusion of the written culture and the formation of the literature’s readers. The world of the popular literature books at the 16th and 17th centuries: authors, printers, editors, readers. The formation of the first printed corpus of the modern Greek literature. Business strategies and circulation of the cheap print (Rimadha, Philadha). The reception of the modern Greek literature books and the emergence of a new cultural age.

Analysis of the works Apokopos, Apollonius of Tyre, Anthos Chariton, Tale of Alexandrer, chapbook of donkey, History of the King of Scotland, The siege of Malta, Voskopoula, Bertoldos, etc.

Essential Bibliography:

Brian Richardson, Τυπογραφία, συγγραφείς και αναγνώστες στην Ιταλία της Αναγέννησης, Μετάφραση: Ειρήνη Παπαδάκη, Αθήνα, ΜΙΕΤ, 2014. [ΕΥΔΟΞΟΣ αρ. 41955881]

Στέφανος Κακλαμάνης, Η κρητική ποίηση στα χρόνια της Αναγέννησης (14ος-17ος αι.), τ. Β´. Ανθολογία (14ος αι.-περ. 1580), Αθήνα, ΜΙΕΤ, 2020. [ΕΥΔΟΞΟΣ αρ. 94644168]

ΚΦΝ06 Modern Greek Literature, 18th c.

Yannis Xourias

The course deals with the Modern Greek literary production during 18th c. and the first decades of 19th c. until the eruption of the Greek Revolution (1821). Ideological, linguistic, aesthetic, social and political factors influencing the literature of this period are examined through the analysis of selected texts.

ΚΦΝ18 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. VΙ

Nadia Fragkouli

This course focuses on modern Greek fiction published between 1945 and 1974. Published, that is, between the end of the second World War and the end of the Greek junta. During this period Greek prose relates closely to History as a personal experience. Prose texts published during these years concern themselves heavily with politics, social issues, and historical events –a characteristic that distinguishes the postwar texts from those that came before or after them.

The aim of this course is to clarify the different ways in which prose relates to the theme of History across the three decades, and, in particular, how these are expressed along different themes and different literary tropes.

To that aim we will study a wide range of texts, both novels (Tsirkas, Fragkias, Kotzias) and short stories (Hatzis, Milionis, Valtinos), that are considered indicative for Greek postwar fiction. A point of focus will be the literary production during the ’67-’74 years, and how postwar writers relate to both their literary ancestors and descendants.

Semester 04

ΚΦΝ05 Modern Greek Literature, 12th-17th c. ΙΙ 

Tina Lentari

The course offers an overview of the literary production of Venetian Crete, with emphasis on the drama and romance of the Renaissance period. It is based on the close reading of major texts and focuses on major historical and interpretative issues, evolution of genres and generic conventions, central themes, ideology, poetics as well as language and style of the texts under examination.

ΚΦΝ17 Modern Greek literature of the 20th c. V

Dora Menti

This course examines the Modern Greek poetry of the post-war period, focusing on the different literary movements and the poets’ response to the historical experiences of the period and to their poetic predecessors. Representative text of the poets M. Anagnostakis, N.A. Aslanoglou, Κ. Dimoula,  Ν. Karouzos, Μ. Katsaros, Μ. Meskos, Τ. Patrikios, Μ. Sahtouris, Τ. Sinopoulos. Respectively text of  the ’70 generation poets will be examined (K. Aggelaki, M. Ganas, K. Gogou, J. Patilis, L. Pulios).

Semester 05

ΚΦΝ08 Comparative Literature

Lito Ioakimidou

After an introduction to the discipline of Comparative Literature and a presentation of its scientific interest in Literary Genres, the course focuses on the study of the short story, through its main generic features on a theoretical level, but, at the same time, through specific examples. The course also includes an account of the evolution of the short story in western literary production, from Renaissance to contemporary expressions, insisting on the landmarks of its history and progression. The selected literary texts develop questions of the realistic, naturalistic and modernist short story in Modern Greek and in some foreign literatures.

ΚΦΝ09 Theory of Literature

Peggy Karpouzou

Introduction to Theory of Literature. The concept of literature. Overview of Modern Literary Theories of the 20th Century: Formalism, New Criticism, Structuralism, Semiotics, Reading Theories, Marxist Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Cultural Criticism. The basic terms and concepts of each theoretical school are critically examined through theoretical texts (R. Barthes, U. Eco, R. Jakobson, M. Bakhtin, V. Shklovsky, C. Levi-Strauss et al.). Indicative application of G. Genette’s narrative typology in Stratis Tsirkas novel, Drifting Cities.

Semester 06

ΚΦΝ07 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. Ι

Dimitris Angelatos

In this course will be examined the mature poetic work of D. Solomos (1829/ 1830-1849/1850), based on the editions by L. Politis of the Complete Works and the Autographs Works of the poet.

The originality of the mature work of Solomos, not only for the Greek but also for the European 19th century, is of an generic order and is associated with the drastically combined way the poet succeeded in exploiting, existing poetic genres, deepening them or inventing new ones.

The interest of the approach will be focused on the connection of (generic and supra-generic) achievements of the mature work of the poet with the literary (Fr. Schiller, Novalis, W. Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge) and artistic –mainly in painting (C. D. Friedrich, Th. Gericault, E. Delacroix, J. M. W Turner)- realizations of  Romanticism in Germany, England and France (1790-1850). It will also turn to the connection of the work of Solomos with the aesthetic ideas of the critical philosophy of Imm. Kant - especially in the Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790)- of German Idealism (Fr. Schiller, Novalis,  Aug. and Fr. Schlegel, Fr. W. J Schelling: 1790-1810) and of G. W. F. Hegel (1817-1829).

These aesthetic, literary and artistic/ painting connections that will occupy us, identified either as influences or as analogies, will be associated with the poetic works of Solomos such as the Cretan (1833-1834), the Free Besieged (1833-1849/1850), the Porphyras and the Carmen Seculare (1847-1849).

The analysis and interpretation of the above mature poetic works of Solomos will also take into account the particular relationships that Solomos's poetic art generally develops both with the European spiritual and literary tradition (Enlightenment and Neoclassicism, respectively), as well as with Modern Greek literary tradition, as the latter is depicted in the folk song, in the literature of Crete of the 17th cent., in Arcadism and in the Neoclassicism of the late 18th cent, in the patriotic and political-satirical poetry of the same era.

ΚΦΝ10 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. ΙΙ

Maria Rota

The course examines the innovative trends in prose writing from 1880 to 1900 (the previous literary tradition, the stream of ethography, the new literature forms, the basic characteristics of this prose).

Semester 07

ΚΦΝ12 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. Ι

Euripides Garantoudis

The aim of the course is to analyze aesthetically and to include in their historical and gramatological context poetic texts of Greek poets of the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, who live and create until the interwar period. I have chosen to examine some poets with a greater emphasis than others judging, on the one hand, the criterion of linguistic quality and recognition of their work and on the other hand, on the fact that they represent basic versions of the evolution of Greek poetry during the examined period. The poets examined are primarily K.P. Kavafis and secondarily Kostis Palamas, Angelos Sikelianos and K.G. Karyotakis. In the context of the course, the co-examination of the work of the above poets will be attempted, so that their parallel response to the aesthetic trends and the historical and social conditions of their time can be perceived.

ΚΦΝ13 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙ 

Thanassis Agathos

The course focuses on the Modern Greek prose fiction of the first decades of the 20th century and the various trends that influenced the prose production. Representative texts of the period (by Xenopoulos, Theotokis, Chatzopoulos, Kazantzakis) are discussed.

Semester 08

ΚΦΝ15 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙΙ

Nadia Fragkouli

In this course we will study the poetry of the Thirties Generation as a significant milestone in the History of Modern Greek Literature. We will also discuss the ways it was perceived by Greek intellectuals, while also comparing the Greek phenomenon to its western counterpart, as expressed in the European and American literary texts of high modernism. The definition of modern poetry by Nasos Vagenas, along with the traits of modernist poetry, will serve as a tool for the study of selected texts by poets of the Thirties Generation. Key concepts attributed by literary scholars to the poetry of this generation will also be addressed (i.e. mythical method, intertextuality, Greekness, surrealist traits). Finally, we will examine how poets of the Thirties Generation relate to other art forms (painting, cinema, music), while elaborating on the methodological prerequisites for any interart study.

ΚΦΝ16 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙV

Thanassis Agathos

The course investigates the ideological and aesthetic orientations of the Greek prose fiction writers of the Generation of the 1930s, provides analysis of representative texts (by Myrivilis, Theotokas, Terzakis, Politis, Venezis, Karagatsis, Nakou and others) and, finally, examines their critical reception and position in the Modern Greek literary canon.