200 years of a National Identity in modern Greek poetry: from Solomos' Mother Magnanimous to Markos Meskos' Stepmother Homeland
Euripides Garantoudis, Professor of Modern Greek literature, Department of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, with the support of the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning
Synopsis of the lecture:
The lecture aims at walking the audience through the Greek poetry of almost two centuries, marking and commenting on its key stations. The lecture revolves around the question of how and why Greek poetry gradually transitioned from Solomos' "Mother Magnanimous" (the third outline of the "Free Besieged") to the younger poets' "stepmother homeland" (from a verse of post-war poet Markos Meskos); in other words, the transition from the idealized concept of a free homeland to the harsh reality of the nation-state that oppresses and marginalizes its own people as "foreigners."
Short bio of the lecturer:
Euripides Garantoudis (Kavala, 1964) is a Professor of Modern Greek Literature in the Department of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has written or edited 31 books on topics in his field. His studies in journals, newspapers and collective volumes are approximately 350. He has participated in 74 local and international conferences and in 12 research projects in Greece as a scientific officer or researcher. He has also published four poetry books and translated Italian poetry books.