Category Archives: Culture

Theory in verse

Is there a difference between receiving and rendering? I have been transported by The Paths of Survival (2017), Josephine Balmer’s new poetry book, which traces the few surviving fragments of Aeschylus’ tragedy Myrmidons backwards across twenty-five centuries, from a contemporary … Continue reading

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Anti-Hellenism (2)

Anti-Hellenism is a century-old taboo topic that scholars either avoid completely or treat as an irregular version of Philhellenism. Views and actions targeting the Greeks are folded into Philhellenism and marginalized as its aberrations. That is how anti-Hellenism is ignored … Continue reading

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Anti-Hellenism (1)

Why don’t we study anti-Hellenism? This question came again to my mind as I finished reading an excellent review essay by the Cambridge historian of classical reception Dr. Helen Roche, “The Peculiarities of German Philhellenism” (2017), which surveys studies published … Continue reading

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“Η ποιητική ως πολιτική θεωρία: Ήττα, απόγνωση και μελαγχολία στη μετεμφυλιακή αριστερή ποίηση”

[Ανακοίνωση στην εξαίρετη διημερίδα “Το περιοδικό Σημειώσεις: Άνθρωποι, πολιτικές, θεωρίες” στις 28 Οκτωβρίου 2017 στη Θεσσαλονίκη.  Στο βίντεο της συνεδρίας το οποίο αναρτήθηκε στο ΦΒ η ομιλία είναι στο 31:00-1:00:00. Αναδημοσιεύθηκε στο ZHN: ThePressProject Magazine στις 11 Νοεμβρίου 2017.] Με την μελέτη … Continue reading

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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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