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Modern Greek Courses for Modern Greek Studies

Semester 03

ΜΦΝ04 Modern Greek Literature, 12th-17th c. I

Tina Lentari

The course examines central aspects of the narrative fiction of the late medieval and early modern period, with special emphasis on the epic and romance genre, as well as satirical poetry, through the examination of representative texts. It focuses on major interpretative issues, evolution of genres and generic conventions, central themes, ideology, as well as central questions of history, poetics, language and style.

MΦΝ06 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.

Semester 04

ΜΦΝ05 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.

ΜΦΝ07 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.

Semester 05

ΜΦΝ08 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.

ΜΦΝ09 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.

MΦΝ17 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. V

Maria Rota

The course examines the trends in the poetry of the post-war period (the most important poets of the first and the second post-war poetic generation, the thematics and the style of the representative poems of this period). 

Semester 06

ΜΦΝ10 Modern Greek Literature of the 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 ethnography, the new literature forms, the basic characteristics of this prose).

ΜΦΝ21 - Comparative Literature: Applications

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.

ΜΦΝ22 Seminar in Modern Greek Literature A (Introduction to Research Methodology – Specialized Topics)

1.Thanassis Agathos

The work of Grigorios Xenopoulos and its reception

The aim of the seminar is to explore the multifaceted work of Grigorios Xenopoulos and its reception. Reference axes will be the prose and theatrical production of the author, his articles in the daily press, his activity in the magazine I Diaplasis ton Paidon, the critical reception of his work and the cinematic and television adaptations of his novels and plays. Students are required to compose and present a brief essay on a relevant subject.

Indicative Bibliography

Θανάσης Αγάθος, Η κινηματογραφική όψη του Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου, Εκδόσεις Γκοβόστη, Αθήνα 2016.

Θανάσης Αγάθος, «Οι τηλεοπτικές διασκευές μυθιστορημάτων  του Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου:  μια επισκόπηση», Θέματα Λογοτεχνίας, τχ. 62 (2020), σ. 140-147.

Δημήτρης Αγγελάτος, «Γρηγόριος Ξενόπουλος (1867-1951)», Ύλαντρον, τχ. 1, Νοέμβριος 2001, σ. 142-143.

Βαγγέλης Αθανασόπουλος, «Από τον ρομαντισμό στην ηθογραφία, από την ηθογραφία στον αστικό ρεαλισμό και από τον αστικό ρεαλισμό στο συναισθηματικό μυθιστόρημα», στο βιβλίο του Οι μάσκες του ρεαλισμού. Εκδοχές του νεοελληνικού αφηγηματικού λόγου, τόμ. Α΄ , Εκδόσεις Καστανιώτη, Αθήνα 2003, 631-665.

Έφη (Ευτυχία) Αμιλήτου, «Τυποποίηση ταυτοτήτων και ανακύκλωση δημοσιογραφικού λόγου στα μυθιστορήματα του Γρ. Ξενόπουλου. Για μια ποιητική της λογοτεχνικής επικοινωνίας», στο Κωνσταντίνος Α. Δημάδης (επιμ.), Ταυτότητες στον ελληνικό κόσμο (από το 1204 έως σήμερα), Δ΄ Ευρωπαϊκό Συνέδριο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Γρανάδα, 9-12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010, Πρακτικά, Ευρωπαϊκή Εταιρεία Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Αθήνα 2011, τόμ. Β΄, σ. 651-668.

Αλέξης Ζήρας, «Η συμβατική πρόσληψη του νατουραλισμού: το παράδειγμα της Μαργαρίτας Στέφα του Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου», στο Μισέλ Φάις (επιμ.), Η γραφή και ο καθρέφτης: λογοτεχνία και κριτική, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2002.

Αλέξης Ζήρας, «Η ‘‘Νανότα’’ του Ξενόπουλου ως διακείμενη μορφή της Νανάς του Ζολά», στο Ελένη Πολίτου - Μαρμαρινού, Βίκυ Πάτσιου (επιμ.), Ο Νατουραλισμός στην Ελλάδα, Διαστάσεις-Μετασχηματισμοί-Όρια, Ελληνική Εταιρεία Γενικής και Συγκριτικής Γραμματολογίας Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα 2007, σ. 220-229.

Άντα Κατσίκη-Γκίβαλου, «Ο Ξενόπουλος ως κριτικός», Διαβάζω, τχ. 265 (12 Ιουνίου 1991), σ. 32-36.

Κωνσταντίνος Δημ. Μαλαφάντης, «Χρονολόγιο Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου (1867-1951)», Διαβάζω, τχ. 265 (12 Ιουνίου 1991), σ. 18-25.

Κωνσταντίνος Δημ. Μαλαφάντης, Οι ‘‘Αθηναϊκαί Επιστολαί’’ του Γρηγόριου Ξενόπουλου στη ‘‘Διάπλασιν των Παίδων’’ 1896-1947, Αστήρ, Αθήνα 1995.

Τηλέμαχος Μουδατσάκις, «Η Στέλλα Βιολάντη του Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου. Το φεουδαλικό ‘‘έλλειμμα’’ του άρχοντα στο πρόσωπο του Παναγή Βιολάντη», στο Γιώργος Π. Πεφάνης (επιμέλεια – εισαγωγή – βιβλιογραφία), Nulla dies sine linea. Προσεγγίσεις στο έργο του Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου, Ίδρυμα Κώστα και Ελένης Ουράνη, Αθήνα 2007, σ. 221-242.

Τερέζα Μυλωνά, Το θεατρικό έργο του Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου, διδακτορική διατριβή, Τμήμα Θεατρικών Σπουδών Αθήνας, ΕΚΠΑ 2003.

Γρηγόριος Ξενόπουλος, Η ζωή μου σαν μυθιστόρημα. Αυτοβιογραφία,  Άπαντα, Μπίρης, Αθήνα 1972.

Γρηγόριος Ξενόπουλος, Αυτοβιογραφικά Κείμενα (1919-1948), φιλολογική επιμέλεια Μαρία Τριχιά-Ζούρα, τόμ. Α΄-Β΄, Ίδρυμα Κώστα και Ελένης Ουράνη, Αθήνα 2009.

Βίκυ Πάτσιου, «Η Διάπλασις των Παίδων» 1879-1922, Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα 1995.

Βίκυ Πάτσιου, «Ο Γρηγόριος Ξενόπουλος και η νοσταλγία του νατουραλισμού», στο Ελένη Πολίτου - Μαρμαρινού, Βίκυ Πάτσιου (επιμ.), Ο Νατουραλισμός στην Ελλάδα, Διαστάσεις – Μετασχηματισμοί – Όρια, Ελληνική Εταιρεία Γενικής και Συγκριτικής Γραμματολογίας Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα 2007, σ. 144-165.

Βίκυ Πάτσιου (επιμ.), «Βιβλιογραφία Γρηγορίου Ξενόπουλου», Ελληνικό Λογοτεχνικό και Ιστορικό Αρχείο, στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση


Γεωργία Φαρίνου-Μαλαματάρη, «Γρηγόριος Ξενόπουλος», στο Η παλαιότερη πεζογραφία μας. Από τις αρχές της ως τον πρώτο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο, τόμ. Θ΄, 1900-1914, Εκδόσεις Σοκόλη, Αθήνα 1997, σ. 288-333.

Γεωργία Φαρίνου-Μαλαματάρη (ανθολόγηση-εισαγωγή-επιμέλεια), Γρηγόριος Ξενόπουλος: Επιλογή κριτικών κειμένων, Αδελφοί Βλάσση, Αθήνα 2002.

2.Tina Lentari

Early Cretan Literature (14th-16th c.)

The seminar offers an in-depth study of the literary production of Venetian Crete from the 14th to the 16th century (satire, edifying poetry, love poetry, narrative works etc), and will also cover comparative angles relating to the production from other areas of the Greek-speaking world.

3.Yannis Xourias

Bibliography-Bibliology-History of Book

The seminar examines the basic concepts, methods and research tools concerning the fields of Bibliography and Bibliology. Also, it deals with the History of the Greek Book. Students are required to compose and present a brief essay on a relevant subject.

Anna Tzouma

MICHEL FOUCAULT (1926-1984) or The History of Systems of Thought

  • The discourse of Power in the development of human practices.
  • The importance of verbal strategies as means for the covert enforcement of control on the subject.
  • The examination of institutions as instruments of dominance and oppression that impede free participation to the social becoming.
  • The use of Discourse as rhetorical persuasion, as determinant factor of behavioral limits, as “objectified” verbal mechanisms that disguise particular ideological directives.
  • The formation and transformation of the systems of knowledge and the enforcement of “regimes of truth”.
  • The interrogation and analysis of the “obvious” and the “commonplace” as constructed regimes of truth that obstruct the emergence of new forms of subjectivity.

 S. FREUD (1856-1939) Psychoanalytic Criticism 

  • Creative writing is the product of unconscious processes.   Literature (and what closely relates to it: language, rhetoric, style, narration, poetry) is fundamentally intertwined with the psyche.
  • Biographical approach: the work of art as a symptom of repressed impulses, of complexes and defensive attitudes of the artist towards love, paranoia and fear of death.
  • Approach of fictional characters: psychopathological analysis of fictional characters through dreams, visions, delirium or repeated situational motifs, for instance the double motif in the legend of Narcissus or in Oscar Wilde’s The portrait of Dorian Gray.
  • The shift from content to form: unconscious dexterity to transform impulses, hidden motives, instictive forces into verbal and visual forms. The meaning of a psychical manifestation is now placed on the way the work of art is constructed. Unconscious mechanisms, such as displacement, distortion, condensation turn out to ressemble an ars poetica: they produce aesthetical effrcts (The interpretation of Dreams, 1900, The Psychopathology of Every Day life, 1901).

Semester 07

ΜΦΝ12 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.

MΦΝ20 Methodological approaches to the teaching of Modern Greek Literature 

Dora Menti

The course focuses on contemporary theories and practices that can be applied in classroom to promote the interest of high school students in literature. The curriculum involves a number of methods and model teaching sessions that attracted students' interest and promoted their relationship with the linguistic course. Taking examples from the function of reading groups and from creative writing experimentations we will bring forward the possibilities for renewing the teaching of literature in secondary education. 

Semester 08

ΜΦΝ14 Seminar in Modern Greek Literature B (Introduction to Research Methodology – Specialized Topics)

1.Stefanos Kaklamanis

Literary criticism on Vitsentzos Kornaros’s Erotokritos

The aim of the seminar is to introduce the students to the main characteristics of Vitsentzos Kornaros’s poetic through the study of his romance Erotokritos, the masterpiece of the Cretan Renaissance and modern Greek literature; to face some basic concepts and methods to analyse the structure and the function of the story and the plot, the characters, the themes and the motives, and the initiatives of the poet in comparison with the rules and conventions of the literary genre and of the tendencies of the Cretan Renaissance society; finally, to understand how useful is studying the language and the versification in order to interpret literary texts as Erotokritos.

Essential Bibliography:

Βιτσέντζου Κορνάρου Ερωτόκριτος, επιμέλεια Στυλιανός Αλεξίου, Αθήνα 1980 (και ανατυπώσεις).

Στέφανος Κακλαμάνης (επιμ.), Ζητήματα ποιητικής στον Ερωτόκριτο, Ηράκλειο 2006.

Στέφανος Κακλαμάνης (επιμ.), Ζητήματα ποιητικής και πρόσληψης στον Ερωτόκριτο, Δήμος Σητείας 2015.

Στέφανος Κακλαμάνης, Η κρητική ποίηση στα χρόνια της Αναγέννησης (14ος-17ος αι.), τ. Α´. Εισαγωγή, Αθήνα, ΜΙΕΤ, 2019.

Στέφανος Κακλαμάνης, Η κρητική ποίηση στα χρόνια της Αναγέννησης (14ος-17ος αι.), τ. Γ´. Ανθολογία (1580 περ. -17ος αι.), Αθήνα, ΜΙΕΤ, 2020.

2.Dora Menti

Athens in Literature

Picturing a city or tracking its appearances in literature is a practice that gradually gains currency in literary studies. Although the historical city of Athens occupies an important place in world literature, its role in Greek literary production needs to be further investigated. We will focus on the various developmental phases of the city, placing special emphasis on its changing outline throughout the 20th century. We will use representative texts (poems and prose) to review landmarks, urban itineraries, literary heroes and (sometimes) wander into the city either with the company of modern Athenian authors or through the memories of old Athens that provide access to Kostis Palamas' era.

3.Maria Nikolopoulou

Representing historical experience in 20th century Modern Greek prose fiction

The seminar’s objective is dual: On one hand, it introduces the students to research methodology and academic writing. On the other, it examines the ways in which 20th century Modern Greek prose fiction represented traumatic historical experiences. Students are expected to explore the genres, aesthetic and ideologic tendencies connected with a thematic trend which remained strong throughout the period examined.

4.Maria Rota

Adventures of privacy in Modern Greek Literature after 1940

The seminar examines the interwar demand of inwardness -the writer's duty to study the dark laboratory of consciousness- exploring the adventures of the individual (in his connection with public aspects such as the city, intergenerational relations, gender relations, etc.) as they are depicted in post-1940 Modern Greek literary fiction. Students will be asked to compose a short scientific paper, which they will present during the course. The final grading will be based on three parameters: the preparation of a written essay, the oral presentation of a scientific study and the overall participation in the seminar.

Semester 08

ΜΦΝ13 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.

ΜΦΝ15 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙI

Dimitris Angelatos

Word and Image: from the literary genre of ekphrasis (C. P. Cavafy), to the interplay of poetry and painting (A. Embirikos, Od. Elytis, G. Ritsos)


The subject of the course is the field of the realizations of modern Greek poetry (1930 onwards), in the light of the inextricable relationship of word and image, starting with the literary genre of ekphrasis.

The (re)presentation of artworks, whether real or imagined, which constitutes the genre of ekphrasis, defines as a starting point a wide field for considering the intertwining of literature with other artistic means of expression, painting, sculpture, etc., which will be examined here through an inter-artistic type of interpretive approach of the poetic work of Andr. Empirikos, Od. Elytis and Gian. Ritsos in their connection with painting, starting from the literary genre of ekphrasis  (C. P. Cavafy).

In the context of this type of inter-artistic approaches, the interest of the course will be focused on the interpretative exploration of the (re)presentational relation of poetic discourse and image, of the verbal and the visual, as this relation is formatted through the texts of the above mentioned poets. Word and Image: the literary genre of ekphrasis in Modern Greek poetry (K. Palamas, C. P. Cavafy, A. Sikelianos).

ΜΦΝ16 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.

ΜΦΝ18 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. VΙ

Maria Rota

The course examines the innovative trends in prose fiction writing during the post-war period, with emphasis on literary forms and themes, ideological tendencies, parallel artistic movements, as well as the impact of recent historical events (the German occupation, the resistance movement and the civil war). Within this framework, representative texts (by A. Kotzias, D. Chatzis, G. Ioannou, M. Alexandropoulos and M. Chakas) will be analysed. 

ΜΦΝ23 Texts and History of Modern Greek Literature

Euripides Garantoudis and Stefanos Kaklamanis

The main goal of the course is dual: a) the verification of reading by students, of a series of readings that were taught according to the curriculum of the Department of Modern Greek Philology during the previous years of their studies and b) secondarily the knowledge of historiography of these projects. The reading and studying will be completed via the course file in e-class, where there will be a large part of the corpus of literary works, in digitized form, according to the examined material of the courses of the Department of Modern Greek Philology during the last academic years. The examination of the course will be oral and will be done by the examiner of the course with the presence of two other members of the Department of Modern Greek Philology.