Category Archives: Literature

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

A dialectic of contraries, rather than opposites, in four 2017 Greek poetry cycles

Μια διαλεκτική των εναντίων, παρά των αντιθέσεων, στην ποίηση του 2000 Τέσσερα ελληνικά ποιητικά βιβλία που μόλις κυκλοφόρησαν δείχνουν με μεγάλη ενάργεια πως η βασική διαλεκτική λειτουργία της ποίησης του 2000 δεν είναι η αντίθεση δύο όρων (όπου ενυπάρχει η … 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

Posted in Culture, Greek Poetry, Left, Melancholy

Melancholy as a mood of critique

Recent surveys of melancholy in the arts, literature, and thought highlight its function more as an artistic convention and critical disposition than a “demon,” malady or experience: Mélancolie : génie et folie en Occident (2005), edited by Jean Clair, is … Continue reading

Posted in General Literature, Melancholy, The Arts

Deleuze’s concept of assemblage in Greek Studies

I have been reading with special interest and profit very recent, published and unpublished, work by scholars in various disciplines who approach different sites, periods, and aspects of Greek culture by activating the major Deleuzian concept of assemblage. Since I too … Continue reading

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My auto-bibliographical trajectory [in Greek]

“Books by the bedside”/Βιβλία στο προσκέφαλο is a monthly full-page column in the eminent Greek daily Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών where writers “leaf through their ‘autobiographical’ bibliography” to present books that have had a major impact on them.  I am grateful to the … Continue reading

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