Category Archives: The “Greeks”

“Hellenism, Philhellenism and classical reception: commemorating the 1821 Revolution”

“The bicentenary celebrations of 2021 have highlighted the complex, competing claims for the authority to give the dominant account of the founding of modern Greece. Reviewing the scholarship on both Western and Greek Hellenism over the past four decades, Jennifer … Continue reading

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Για μια εναλλακτική προσέγγιση της Επανάστασης του 1821

“Η ελλαδική ιστορική μελέτη της Επανάστασης εξακολουθεί να έχει ως κέντρο αναφοράς την παρωχημένη αντίληψη ενός φιλελεύθερου Διαφωτισμού και εκσυγχρονισμού, όπου η ελευθερία και η ανεξαρτησία θεωρούνται αυτονόητες έννοιες. Όμως η παγκόσμια προβληματική για την επανάσταση έχει διευρυνθεί και περιλαμβάνει … Continue reading

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“Hellas in the Postwar International Order:  French Selling Hellenism to the Greeks”

From Malraux to Macron and from Marathon to the Maghreb, French colonial uses of white Hellas bathed in pure sound and light (a six-page paper). P.S. Update on the French uses of Hellas. In mid-November 2021, the French education ministry … Continue reading

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“A Conversation on the Bicentennial Celebrations of the Greek Revolution of 1821”

Yannis Hamilakis (Brown) and Vassilis Lambropoulos, with Artemis Leontis and Will Stroebel (Michigan), reflect on the study and commemoration of 1821 during the bicentennial, and consider alternative methods and approaches (one-hour video).

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“Ελληνισμός και Εβραϊσμός στην Αθήνα και τη Βιέννη”

O Ελληνισμός των Εβραίων της Κεντρικής & Ανατολικής Ευρώπης που αντιμετώπιζαν διλήμματα αφομοίωσης στην εγκόσμια νεωτερικότητα είναι το θέμα της ανακοίνωσης με την οποία συμμετείχα στην εκδήλωση για την σημαντική μελέτη του καθηγητή Ηλία Παπαγιαννόπουλου. Εδώ είναι το κείμενο της … Continue reading

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The colonial work of the Hellenic ideal

What is the most productive way to define the coloniality of modern Greeks?  Are they colonial, neo-colonial, post-colonial, anti-colonial, surrogate-colonial, crypto-colonial, self-colonial, or debt-colonial, as they have been called?  And which Greeks are we talking about – those of the … Continue reading

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An elegy for the Jewish cultivation of Hellenic self

The enchanting movie Call me by your name (2017) pays a melancholic tribute to a major project of Protestant modernity, the Jewish self-forming engagement with aesthetic Hellenism. The movie, based on André Aciman’s Künstlerromanby the same name (2007), deals with the … 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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The messianic critique of tragedy*

The rejection of the covenant of assimilation by twentieth-century Messianism was an integral part of the pre-1914 pan-European critique of modernity and “romantic anti-capitalism” (Lukács). “In the years approaching the First World War, the self-confidence and security of German Jewry … Continue reading

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“Anarchism and Hellenism in Richard Wagner’s Revolutionary Cultural Politics (1848-52)”

Richard Wagner is one of the seminal thinkers discussed in my book, The Tragic Idea (2006), which surveys the philosophy of the tragic from Schelling (1795) to Heidegger (1935).  Here is the original, longer version of that entry, which focuses … Continue reading

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