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Modern Greek Courses for Classical Studies

Semester 03

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

The course examines the vernacular literary production from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, focusing on the analysis and interpretation of texts characteristic of the main genres of the period (epic, romance, satire, begging poetry, moralizing poetry and verse chronicles).

ΚΦΝ06 Modern Greek Literature, 18th c.

The course aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the Modern Greek literary production during the 18th century and the first two decades of the 19th century until the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence (1821), a period of time dominated by the Modern Greek Enlightenment (dated approximately from 1750 to 1821). The course objective is to help students build up a clear picture of the literary and ideological developments of the era through the study of literary texts.


Semester 04

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

This is a survey of the literary production in Venetian-occupied Crete from the fourteenth century until 1669, covering a wide variety of texts, from the satirical–didactic poetry of Stefanos Sachlikis to the Renaissance plays of Georgios Chortatsis and the love romance of Vitsentzos Kornaros. The lectures offer readings of pivotal works, with special emphasis on major genres of the Renaissance period (mainly tragedy, comedy, pastoral and romance).


Semester 05

ΚΦΝ09 Theory of Literature

The course is an introduction to Theory of Literature, offering a survey of the descriptive theories of the twentieth century: Formalism, New Criticism, School of Prague Formalism, French Formalism, Semiotics. It also includes an introduction to structural narrative analysis and the narrative typology of Gerard Genette. Stratis Tsirkas’s trilogy Drifting Cities is used for the application and illustration of narrative typology.


Semester 06

ΚΦΝ07 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. Ι

The course examines the general trends in the poetry of the nineteenth century (1821-1880), mainly through the literary production of the Heptanese and the Athenian School. The lectures will concentrate mainly on the work of Dionysios Solomos. Basic topics for discussion are the development of his poetic theory, stylistic features and language through the analysis of his most characteristic compositions.

ΚΦΝ10 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. ΙΙ

The course examines the following topics: Modern Greek narrative discourse in the nineteenth century: the novel. Popular literature, “Apocrypha”, “Mysteries”. Ethography/Folkloric realism. The short story and the competition of the periodical Estia (1883). Ideological trends, views on language, European influences, literary movements (romanticism, realism, naturalism). Basic features of prose fiction. Study of representative texts: Georgios Vizyinos, Alexandros Papadiamantis, Grigorios Xenopoulos and Emmanouil Roidis.


Semester 07

ΚΦΝ12 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. Ι

The course examines a variety of authors and texts. Key topics: the poetry of Kostas Karyotakis, his relationship with European symbolism and the “fantaisistes”. The poetry of T. Agras, N. Lapathiotis, K. Ouranis and N. Kavadias. C. P. Cavafy and his period. K. Varnalis and A. Sikelianos: relationships with European aestheticism and the “social” poetry of the period.

ΚΦΝ13 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙ 

The course offers critical discussion of major authors and tendencies in prose writing in the beginning of the twentieth century (K. Chatzopoulos, K. Theotokis, G. Kazantzaki, D. Voutyras and others), examining characteristic ideological trends and central themes (such as social and feminist issues). It also examines characterization and character typology. The theoretical and historical issues are also addressed through the analysis of selected texts.


Semester 08

ΚΦΝ08 Comparative Literature

Assistant Professor Lito Ioakimidou

The course begins with an introduction to the discipline of Comparative Literature and presents its interest in literary genres. It focuses on the poetics of the short story and studies its generic characteristics on theoretical level and also through literary examples. The course also develops the evolution of the short story in western literary production from Renaissance to nowadays literature and reveals the main points of its history. The selected texts are related to questions of short stories in the context of naturalism and modernism.

ΚΦΝ15 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙΙ (Generation of the 1930s)

The lectures focus on the analysis of representative texts and the discussion of special topics relating to the Generations of the 1930s: 1) George Seferis. Six nights on the Acropolis. Landscape and conscience: Three Secret Poetms, Logbook III, Gymnopaidia. 2) Yannis Ritsos. Metaphysics: Iconostasis of Anynymous Saints. Narrativity and realism: Fourth Dimension and Gignesthai. Politics: “Poem dedicated to Nikos Glezos”. 3) Odysseas Elytis. Personification as narrative technique in the Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of the Albanian Campaign. 4) Takis Papatsonis. The poetic mind of Papatsonis: Selection I, Ursa Minor, Selection II.

ΚΦΝ16 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙV

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 S. Myrivilis, G. Theotokas, A. Terzakis, K. Politis, G. N. Pentzikis, M. Axioti and others) and, finally, examines their critical reception and position in the Modern Greek literary canon.