Category Archives: Greek

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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The Greek poetry of austerity on German radio

German-Greek journalist Alkyoni Karamanolis, a member of “Global Correspondents,” interviewed writer Katerina Iliopoulou and me (in Greek, in Athens) for a German radio program she produced on the new Greek poetry. The program aired on July 20 under the title “Poetry … 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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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

On Not Talking to a Fellow Leftist Friend

Greek leftists will have many reasons to recall the 2010s with disappointment and bitterness but one of their most painful memories will be the breakdown of friendships everywhere inside and around them. Throughout this decade, directly or indirectly, leftists have … Continue reading

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