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Modern Greek Courses for Linguistics

Semester 03

ΓΦΝ04 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).

ΓΦΝ06 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.

ΓΦΝ18 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. VI 

The course examines the  innovative trends in prose fiction writing during the post-war period, with emphasis on literary forms and themes, ideological trends, 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.


Semester 04

ΓΦΝ05 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).

ΓΦΝ17 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. V (Poetry after 1930)

The course sets out to study the poetry of the post-war period, covering the first and second post-war generations and the period following the military dictatorship in Greece. More specifically, a  historical-literary approach is applied to the analysis of representative works by T. Sinopoulos, M. Meskos, P. Markoglou, M. Pratikakis, N. Vayenas and C. Vlavianos.

 

Semester 06

ΓΦΝ08 Comparative Literature (Introduction to Comparative Literature)

Professor Z. I. Siaflekis

The course includes an introduction to Comparative Literature and a development of its research areas. Precisely, it focuses on:
1. Ahistorical survey of the creation and evolution of Comparative Literature inEurope.
2. The notion of History of Literature and the comparative action upon it. The historicity of the literary work and the (social / ideological / cultural) requirements of the production of literature. The notions of World Literature and globalization nowadays.
3. Methodological tools of comparison: analogy, similarity, influence, fortune etc, based on examples of literary texts.
4. Study of themes (definition, functions and relations between motifs and themes).
5. Reception aesthetics and literary myth (with several examples).
6. Comparative poetics, theory of literary genres, traductology.

ΓΦΝ09 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 07

ΓΦΝ07 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. Ι (Poetry of the 19th c. Kalvos - Solomos - Athenian Romanticism)

The lectures aim to acquaint the students with the poetic production of the nineteenth century and, more specifically, with the poetry written between 1820-1880. It examines the work of major poets of the Heptanese and the Athenian School. The analysis of texts will concentrate mainly on the work of Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos Also, a selection of representative texts by Aristotelis Valaoritis, Panayotis Soutsos, Alexandros Rizos Rangavis will be examined.

 

Semester 08

ΓΦΝ15 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙΙ

Main topics: European and Modern Greek Surrealism (analysis of works by N. Kallas, A. Embeirikos and N. Engonopoulos). Lyrical transformations and trajectories of texts written in the 1930s (analysis of works by O. Elytis and G. Ritsos). The differentiation of G. Seferis: the dramatic element in his poetics and his relationship with Anglo-Saxon Modernism.