History of Modern Greek Literature
Modern Greek literature does not constitute a minor or peripheral literature but an integral part of modern European literature, occupying a unique position in it due to its connection with the exceptionally long and rich Hellenic tradition. This class tells the fascinating story of Modern Greek literature, placing it in the context of modern European literature, and highlighting its links with the Hellenic continuum. Some of the questions to be addressed in this class are the following. 1. When does Modern Greek literature properly begin, which are its main genres, and its relation to the major movements of modern European literature? 2. Which authors make up the canon of Modern Greek literature, and which of them won the Nobel Prize for Literature? In what ways was the canon of Modern Greek Literature questioned, so as to also include women writers and other marginalized voices? 3. What is the impact of ancient Greek myth and ritual on Modern Greek literature? Selected literary and non-literary texts, and also visual material, such as films and photographs, will be employed in the class in order to answer the above questions and to tell the story of Modern Greek literature graphically and plainly.
The instructor is Nektaria G. Klapaki who received her B.A. from the University of Crete, Department of Philology in Classics with distinction. Her M.A. and Ph.D. (2006) degrees were from the University of London, King‘s College, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Thus, her breadth of training and interests coincide with our Hellenic Studies Program in combining Ancient, Byzantine and Modern Greece. During her academic study Dr. Klapaki regularly won scholarships and prizes and she has made a large number of presentations,published in important journals. Currently she is revising her doctoral thesis for publication as a
book. She has offered courses, both small and as large as 150 students, at the University of Thessaly and the Hellenic Open University.