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Modern Greek Courses for Modern Greek Studies

Semester 03

ΜΦΝ04 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).

MΦΝ06 Modern Greek Literature, 18th c.

Τhe 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

ΜΦΝ05 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).

ΜΦΝ07 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. Ι (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 05

ΜΦΝ08 Comparative Literature (Introduction to the Literary Myth)

Professor Z. I. Siaflekis

The course includes a historical introduction to the notions of “myth” and “literary myth”, as they have been shaped in the context of Comparative Literature through other disciplines of the Humanities (History, Anthropology etc.). Afterwards, the relation between literary myth and literary genres is examined through modern literary theory and the study establishes the interactions contributing to the final form of literary myth. Finally, by means of precise examples of mythical forms in literature, the course confirms the production relations of literary myths and the requirements for their reception. It makes a concrete reference to several notions – such as intertextuality or reception aesthetics – that determine all those processes.

ΜΦΝ09 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

ΜΦΝ10 Modern Greek Literature of the 19th century ΙΙ (Emmanouil Roidis)

The course offers a comprehensive examination of the literary and critical work of Emmanouil Roidis through the analysis and interpretation of representative texts.

ΜΦΝ11 Modern Greek Literature, 19th c. III  (Kostis Palamas and the Generation of the 1880s)

The course aims to acquaint the students with the poetry of the “Generation of the 1880s”, mainly through the work of its major representative, Kostis Palamas. An overview of the contemporary production will also be given, as well as a comparative examination of other poets, e.g. G. Drosinis, L. Porfyras, M. Malakasis, K. Chatzopoulos.

 

Semester 07

ΜΦΝ12 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c.  Ι (The work of C. P. Cavafy and its reception)

The course concentrates on the formation and evolution of Cavafy’s poetics as well as the reception of his work. Within this framework the ideas, themes, techniques and the aesthetics of Cavafy’s oeuvre will be examined, as well as its dialogue with European literary trends. Interpretative approaches of the main categories of Cavafian poetry will be discussed. At the same time, the course aims to familiarize students with questions raised by Cavafian studies; particular emphasis will be given on critical and theoretical texts which examine crucial issues regarding Cavafy’s period and the genealogy of “modernity”. His relationship with contemporary poets in mainland Greece is also examined.

MΦΝ17 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. V

The course offers an examination of Surrealism and Anglo-Saxon Modernism and their blending in the poetry of the post-war period, as well as the differences of this production with the surrealist poetry of the 1930s. The course will be based on the analysis of texts by M. Anagnostakis, M. Sachtouris, D. Papaditsas, N.  Karouzos, T. Sinopoulos.

MΦΝ20 Methodological approaches to the teaching of Modern Greek Literature 

The lectures propose a genre-based approach to literary analysis which is instrumental in the teaching of literature. The teaching of literature based on the interaction between genres and the intertextual relationship between texts is shown to constitute a learning process, indispensable for transmitting information, sharpening the students’ critical faculties, and awakening their emotive potential. It encourages emotional and intellectual/critical response and invites active participation.

 

Semester 08

ΜΦΝ13 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙ

In Modern Greek literarure during the first decades of the twentieth century an innovative-progressive tendency is observed in conjunction with an osmosis of ideas and literary trends. The aim of this course is to examine a number of prose writers of this period who share clearly innovative intentions and features as regards social ideas, an interest in women’s issues etc. With reference to specific works (by K. Chatzopoulos, K. Theotokis, D. Voutyras, K. Paroritis, G. Kazantzaki) issues such as narrative technique, language, symbolism, survival of “ethography”/folkloric realism and the gradual shift from realism and naturalism to symbolism, are disussed. In addition, the creation and typology of fictional characters is examined.

ΜΦΝ15 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. ΙΙI (Poetry of the 20th c. - Genereation 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.

ΜΦΝ16 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.

ΜΦΝ18 Modern Greek Literature, 20th c. VΙ

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.

 

ΜΦΝ14 Seminar (Introduction to Research Methodology – Specialized Topics)

Space and narrative. Space and time are the two dimensions on which narration is founded. Narrative space is created through a complex of data and interrelationships of a geographical, geometrical and contrastive nature (movement vs. immobility, near vs. far, inside vs. outside). Additionally, the novelistic setting is formed through the social conditions and the overall cultural environment of the fictional characters. The aim of the seminar is to emphasize and study the relatively neglected spatial dimension in narrative. The available theoretical approaches are quite varied and more comprehensive than the mere study of description techniques, as they encompass a variety of viewpoints (M. Bakhtin: “chronotope”, J. Frank: “spatial form”). During the course twentieth-century fictional prose works will be analysed with respect to the notion of space. The students have to produce an essay on a relevant subject.

Hermeneutics: History and criticism of hermeneutic theories from Antiquity up to the Twentieth Century.

From Decadence to Modernism: Aspects of Modern Greek Literature in the inter-war period. The main topics under discussion are: i) The elements of “decadence’, symbolism and modernism in Greek literary works written between the two World Wars. ii) The special connection of the spirit of “decandence” and of the demand for the “autonomy of art” with the ideas of social reform detectable in literary circles of the first interwar generation. iii) Modernism and the “Generation of the 1930s”. The examination of the above topics will be based on a selection of literary and critical texts, as well as on newspapers and periodicals of this period. The students are required to compose an essay, combinging historical/literary research with the study of modern theoretical/critical and historical bibliography.

Class of Assistant Professor Lito Ioakimidou
“The Prose of Modernism (G. Seferis, Melpo Axioti, Kosmas Politis, N.G. Pentzikis vs J. Joyce, V. Woolf, M. Proust)”.

The seminar aims to a) the thematic and stylistic innovations of the prose of “High Modernism” in European literary production compared to Modern Greek modernist prose. It focuses especially on modes of incorporating themes and techniques such as the dominating interior minds, the problematic, deficient and collapsed characters and exterior reality, the choice of an open structure and its consequences on the identity of persons and narrators, the new experience of time and fictional event, driving to a radical transformation of realism and mimesis. b) The application of these questions in the study of concrete examples in the context of Modern Greek modernism and the methodological research and writing of a scientific work by the participants.

Cultural criticism: narrative and issues of identity. The seminar aims to investigate the interaction of literature and cultural context. The main concern will be the way in which cultural representations are inscribed in discourse, and especially the role of personal and collective identity in the construction and interpretation of literary texts. After an overview of the notion of “culture” and of the relationship between cultural studies and literary criticism, the seminar will focus on issues of identity construction: a) gender and sexuality (feminist and gender criticism) b) social class, nationality, race (post-marxist, anthropological and post-colonial criticism). Special attention will be accorded to the representation of otherness, i.e. of the different, marginal or alien in literature. The students have to write an essay applying a specific methodology on nineteenth and twentieth century texts.

From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The central issues addressed are continuity and innovation with regard to generic conventions, thematics, poetics and ideology in the literary production of the late medieval and early modern period, focusing mainly on the genres of romance and drama. The seminar also aims to familiarize students with problems of research methodology and bibliography relating to the literature of the period, as well as with the technique of extended essay-writing.