Apprehension of the technique of 'close reading' of a literary text. Awareness of the main figures of the greek literary canon, as far as post-war fiction goes. Realization of the new techniques that this body of texts employs (such as the fictional testimony, or the 'book without an author'), vis-à-vis older techniques of the interwar era. Realization of the new forms that arise in prose fiction at the time (bonsai fiction; anti-novel). Realization that literature can be used as an historical source, both as regards the times referred to in the texts, and as regards the time of the works' production. Appreciation of the new techniques of historiography such as the use or 'oral history' through its 'next of keen', i.e. the novel of fictional testimony of socially underpriviledged individuals, such as refugees, migrants, survivors of sorts.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course examines Greek fiction of the postwar period (1945-1974), focusing on such key figures of the canon as Alexandrou, Tsirkas, Tachtsis, Hatzis, Ioannou and Chimonas. It aims to suggest points of continuity and/or discontinuity with the ideology and the writing techniques of the previous generation of interwar writers, and to analyze the major innovations that took place in fiction in Greek after the second world war, and the civil war. Points of interest in our examination include the following: the emergence of new prose forms, such as the mini-short-story, or the anti-novel; the closer relation of literature to history and oral history that this phase of greek fictional writing displays, especially in relation to the representation of the silent subjects' of history experience, i.e. of migrants and refugees, political exiles, women, ethnic minorities and proletarians of sorts. It also aims to suggest the new dramatic techniques of this phase of greek writing, and to indicate its affinity to theatre, and ways in which this material can work on stage, addressing the Department's particular interests.