Author Archives: Vassilis Lambropoulos

How critical theory arrived in Greek writing through poetry

My interview to “Reading Greece” on New Greek Poetry and Modern Greek Studies June 27, 2017

Posted in Crisis, Greek Literature, Greek Poetry, Greeks, Hellenism, Left, Melancholy

A dialectic of contraries, rather than opposites, in four 2017 Greek poetry cycles

Μια διαλεκτική των εναντίων, παρά των αντιθέσεων, στην ποίηση του 2000 Τέσσερα ελληνικά ποιητικά βιβλία που μόλις κυκλοφόρησαν δείχνουν με μεγάλη ενάργεια πως η βασική διαλεκτική λειτουργία της ποίησης του 2000 δεν είναι η αντίθεση δύο όρων (όπου ενυπάρχει η … Continue reading

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“Η κρίση της ποίησης και η μελαγχολία της αριστεράς”

“The Crisis of Poetry and the Melancholy of the Left,” a study, solicited by the distinguished Greek quarterly Poetics, of the new Greek poetry based on several essays on the same topic that have been appearing in this blog. όλο … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Greek Poetry, Left, Melancholy

Α melancholic ethic

In all kinds of work associated with Robert Schumann a ruminating protagonist draws on melancholy as an ascesis of affect to practice a post-classical critique of repetition and identity. We see this role everywhere, from the Byronic unrepentant hero in … Continue reading

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Melancholy as a mood of critique

Recent surveys of melancholy in the arts, literature, and thought highlight its function more as an artistic convention and critical disposition than a “demon,” malady or experience: Mélancolie : génie et folie en Occident (2005), edited by Jean Clair, is … Continue reading

Posted in General Literature, Melancholy, The Arts

After the defeat of the Revolution

A challenging contribution to current discussions of the global predicament of the left has been recently published: Enzo Traverso’s beautifully written, well illustrated, widely learned Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory (2016). It is a study of left melancholia of … Continue reading

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Friends in opera

A selective list-in-progress of male friends caught in operatic camaraderie, rivalry,             or betrayal, listed in random order: Don Carlos and Rodrigo (Verdi) Onegin and Lensky (Tchaikovsky) Tristan and Kurvenal (Wagner) Cavaradossi and Angelotti (Puccini) … Continue reading

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