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Readings in Modern Greek Literature

For Intermediate and Advanced Students of Modern Greek and Others Interested in Modern Greek Literature but Lacking the Vocabulary to Understand It.
Helen Dendrinou Kolias
Pages/Illustr. 384 p.
Clothbound
Status: In Stock

ISBN: 0-89241-595-9

Readings in Modern Greek Literature was prepared in response to a lack of available texts for courses in modern Greek literature at the college level. It has been prepared with the college student in mind and is intended to be used as a textbook at the intermediate to advanced level of Modern Greek and to function as an introduction to modern Greek literature.It consists of selections and excerpts from the work of Dionysios Solomos, Elisavet Moutzan-Martinengou, Marianna Ainou-Koutouzi, Constantine Cavafy, Nikos Kazantzakis, Yannis Ritsos, George Seferis, Dimitris Psathas, Odysseas Elytis, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Kiki Demoula, Jenny Mastoraki, and Eugenia Fakinou. These were chosen to challenge but not to overwhelm students who have had at least three semesters of college Modern Greek or the equivalent.To make them accessible to students at this level of language learning, the readings are accompanied by vocabulary lists, biographical notes on the authors, historical notes, and notes on usage, grammar, and context.Even though the organizing principle of the book is historical in that it begins in the early part of the 19th century and moves forward to contemporary times, the authorss aim is not to trace continuity but to show variety and difference by incorporating both well-known and little-known texts, including texts by women.Although attempts have been made in the English-speaking world to introduce students of Modern Greek to modern Greek literature, the choices of available texts leave much to be desired. To begin with, they lack the depth and breadth a college-level textbook requires. Their most obvious flaw, however, is their more or less complete exclusion of texts by women writers. Such grand omissions, besides being just embarrassing, give the mistaken impression that in Greece writing is and has been a male preoccupation and/or that womenss writing is unworthy of inclusion in literary anthologies. This book is an attempt to rectify these shortcomings: to give a more balanced selection of readings and a more thorough, deeper survey of modern Greek literature.


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