Category Archives: Greeks

“What is Transnational about Greek American Culture?”

In this essay I suggest that in Greek diasporic literature “the transcomposition of an examined ethnic life assembles and arranges heterogeneous elements from diverse sources to fashion an entirely new well-tempered βίος.”

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Exiting Greece

Forty years-ago this month, in September 1979, I left my native Greece determined to spend the rest of my life in self-exile.  This was my refusal of nativist normativity, my Non serviam/I will not serve. I was just three years … Continue reading

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/4: Μάριος Χατζηπροκοπίου: “Των γυναικών του Κωνσταντή” (πουστιά και ποίηση)

Εδώ συζητώ έναν “πούστικο θρήνο” που δείχνει ότι “η ταυτότητα φύλου είναι θέμα όχι σταθερής ουσίας  αλλά επιτελεστικής διαδικασίας.  Πουστιά, καθώς και ποίηση, είναι ζήτημα περφόρμανς.”   Below (first 32′) is an English-language lecture-performance at Brunel University in London by Dr. … Continue reading

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“Η πολιτική της φόρμας, του φύλου, της φυγής και της φλόγας”: Πρωτοεμφανιζόμενοι ποιητές (2011-2017)

Στοχαστική λογιοσύνη, γλωσσική εγρήγορση, επιτελεστική ετοιμότητα, αριστερή μελαγχολία και συνθετική φόρμα είναι τα πιό θετικά στοιχεία στην ποίηση της δεκαετίας. Εδώ αναρτώ μια επισκόπηση που περιλαμβάνει έργα 30 συγγραφέων οι οποίοι εξέδωσαν τα πρώτα τους ένα ή δύο ποιητικά βιβλία από … Continue reading

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A disturbance of memory in Weimar (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/1)

As a Greek, and a native Athenian at that, I have always lived in a sublime Germany of letters, reflections, art, and music.  Its writers and creators have been my mentors and friends.  I have shared their passions and inquiries … Continue reading

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Are there any Greeks in this publication? (3)

A few weeks ago the Times Literary Supplement published a letter about its abysmal coverage of modern Greek literature.  The correspondent complained that they “rarely list Modern Greek poetry and prose.”  I was not surprised that no other letters on this … Continue reading

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“Neoliberal Austerity and Left Melancholy”

I have just published in the Michigan Quarterly Review a review essay on the anthology Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry (New York Review Books, 2017), edited by Karen Van Dyck.  It is fitting that Michigan’s C. P. Cavafy Modern … Continue reading

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Learning Greek

Having discussed in my previous post Zimmermann’s Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu, an orchestral composition consisting solely of musical quotes and running through an entire canon, I thought I might also mention a poem consisting solely of verse … 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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Greek women poets on Greek myth

A new bilingual poetry collection, Phoebe Giannisi’s Homerica (2017), which has just appeared, brings to mind the growing number of Greek women writers of the poetic generation of the 2000s who have been publishing book-length cycles that draw explicitly and … Continue reading

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