Category Archives: Culture

Are there any Greeks in this book? (2)

This year the contemporary art exhibition Documenta 14 has been taking place not only in the German city of Kassel, as had been the case every five years since 1955, but also in Athens. Its title, Learning from Athens, cites … Continue reading

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Are there any Greeks in this book? (1)

Comparisons of Hebraism and Hellenism are often marked by an extraordinary void, the absence of any modern Greeks. While such comparisons always refer to Jewish figures of modernity and cite Jewish writers, Greeks of the last three centuries are absent … Continue reading

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“Η αριστερή μελαγχολία στην ελληνική ποιητική γενιά του 2000”

Below is the Greek translation of my paper “Left Melancholy in the Greek Poetry Generation of 2000s after the Crisis of Revolution and Representation” (2016), published in the literary magazine Thraka 8 (Summer 2017). Επισυνάπτω μετάφραση περσινής αγγλόγλωσσης μελέτης μου … Continue reading

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“Πώς μιλάμε για την καινούργια ελληνική ποίηση”

Μια διαφορετική προσέγγιση στο μείζον λογοτεχνικό φαινόμενο του ελληνικού 21ου αιώνα: πώς τοποθετούμε, διαπραγματευόμαστε και διαχειριζόμαστε την ποίηση του 2000. Με αφορμή την κυκλοφορία του νέου τεύχους του περιοδικού Θράκα, του οποίου το περιεχόμενο (μελέτες, δοκίμια και ποίηση) είναι ουσιαστικά αφιερωμένο … Continue reading

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The Hebraic covenant of the civil religion and the Hellenic Arcadia of the civil culture

Two recent books reiterate a common argument about two presumed foundational traditions of the United States, the Hebraic and the Hellenic. In the words of its blurb, American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present … Continue reading

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Varieties of Hellenism

Four recent books approach Hellenism from very different angles to discuss ways in which Greek identity and its past are constructed. Trophies of Victory (2016) by Leslie Shear is a monograph that deploys scholarship to examine Hellenism as victory (of … 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

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