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Semester 03

ΓΦΝ04 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]

ΓΦΝ06 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.

ΓΦΝ18 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. VI 

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

ΓΦΝ05 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.

ΓΦΝ17 Modern Greek Literature, 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 06

ΓΦΝ08 Comparative Literature

Lito Ioakimidou

The course aims to the specialization of the students in one of the various fields of research in Comparative Literature (literary genres/themes/motives, literary myth, intermediality, movements in modern Greek and foreign literatures etc.) It includes a detailed description of the direction of research chosen for the purposes of the study, as well as a definition of the specific field and a presentation of the main literary texts to be examined. For the academic year 2020-2021, the course aims to the study of the prose poem, as a poetic genre connected with the expansion of modernity and literary modernism and whose development and different forms can be followed through the evolution of modernist movements. Starting with Little Poems in Prose or The Spleen of Paris (1869) by Charles Baudelaire, the course examines some of the most important representatives of the prose poem in Modern Greek and in the foreign literatures.

ΓΦΝ09 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 and others). Indicative application of G. Genette’s narrative typology in Stratis Tsirkas’ novel, Drifting Cities. 

Semester 07

ΓΦΝ07 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. Ι

Euripides Garantoudis

The aim of the course is to present representative texts of Greek poetry of the 19th century and more specifically of the period 1820-1880. Specifically, from a historical, gramatological and aesthetic point of view, representative poetic texts of the main poets of the Ionian and Athenian poetic tradition will be analyzed, with emphasis on the work of Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos. Secondly, poetic texts by Aristotle Valaoritis, Panagiotis Soutsos, Alexandros Rizos Ragavis, etc. will be examined.

Semester 08

ΓΦΝ15 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.