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Education – Research

“Miscellaneous and Specialty: New archival assets and novel approaches to Cavafy research”

The inaugural cycle of Research Seminars on the oeuvre of C.P. Cavafy was launched in 2016 with the express purpose of running for the foreseeable future in parallel with the initiatives and research conducted by the Cavafy Archive. Researchers, academics and students of the Cavafian oeuvre share with the audience their questions, the archival findings of their research as well as their work in progress; the aim is to showcase and discuss the complementary approaches of Cavafian poetry and poetics from different points of view. Every presentation is followed by a dialogue revolving around specific research areas. The curation of the seminars is commissioned by the Cavafy Archive Academic Committee to individuals or researcher groups, depending on the content of the specialized thematic cores.

Thursday February 22 2018, 19:00-21:00
C.P. Cavafy, a poet of the middle world

How does one define and locate a place, a non-native world, a world situated inbetween belonging and non-belonging, a world whose citizens would be defined more by what they are not rather by what they are? Beyond any binaries such as “North-South”, “centre-periphery”, the “middle world” of the Cavafian oeuvre constitutes in itself such a cultural approach.

Sophie Iakovidou
, Assistant Professor in Modern Greek Literature, Democritus University of Thrace

Thursday April 26 2018, 19:00-21:00
Cavafy and the “brats”: Episodes from the Athenian interwar reception of Cavafy

The seminar will examine the terms under which Cavafy’s work was received by critics, poets and scholars of the Athenian interwar period. The seminar will focus on the positive reception of Cavafy’s poetry by the youths of the decade 1910-1920 whom Psycharis disparagingly called “brats” in 1924; the seminar will also focus on the critical disputes brought on by the stance of the new poets. The issue that will be central to the seminar shall be the importance of the volte-face in the reception of Cavafy in the modern Greek interwar poetic horizon.

Kostas Karavidas, postdoctoral researcher and instructor in Greek literature, University of Ioannina.

Thursday May 3 2018, 19:00-21:00
Dimitrios Kapetanakis and Cavafy in England

In the first part of the seminar, an attempt at mapping the literary and publishing circles which embraced Cavafy’s work during the period 1940-1944, as mediated through the archive of Dimitrios Kapetanakis (1912-1944), is made. Kapetanakis, who was also a philosopher, poet, essayist, is not considered to be one of the  devoted scholars of Cavafy; his work, however, is of special interest to Cavafy studies, since Kapetanakis, who lived in Cambridge and London, was associated with personalities who played an important role in the dissemination of the Cavafian oeuvre to the English-speaking audience: poet and publisher John Lehmann, collaborator of Leonard Woolf at Hogarth Press and close friend of W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood; Joe Ackerley, writer and publisher of the magazine The Listener; as well as E.M. Forster, William Plomer and Stephen Spender.

In the second part of the seminar, the position of Cavafy within the work of Kapetanakis is considered. In this part, commentary will be provided on the lecture “Introduction to Modern Greek Poetry” and the essay “Charlotte Brontё”, where Kapetanakis attempts a parallel reading of the poem “Longings” and the novel Villette by Charlotte Brontё. For the purposes of this seminar, letters and manuscripts from the archives of the writer housed in the Gennadius Library (Dimitrios Kapetanakis Archive) and at Princeton University (Lehmann Family Papers) will be used.

Emmanouela Kantzia
, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

Thursday May 10 2018, 19:00-21:00
Christianity and flesh in the oeuvre of C.P. Cavafy

Christianity is frequently presented in the literature of decadence and aestheticism, as well as in the medical and sexological texts of the end of the 19th century, less as a religion of spirit and soul and more as the cultural substratum where the discourse on pleasures is developed. In the seminar, the references Cavafy makes to Christianity are approached in this specific intertextual context, with particular emphasis on texts such as “Salome”, “Church and Theatre”, “The Bandaged Shoulder”, “Kaisarion”, “Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340”. The reception of the discourse of Christianity is in parallel linked to Christian texts of later antiquity, with reference to recent bibliography, which focuses on the presence of the body in these texts with accruing intensity.

Vasiliki Dimoula, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Adjunct Instructor Hellenic Open University and Open University of Cyprus

Thursday May 17 2018, 19:00-21:00
The Cavafian oeuvre as a significant example for postcolonial theory

The re-examination of selected poems (“Going Back Home From Greece”, “Poseidonians”, “In The Year 200 B.C.”, “A Prince From Western Libya”, “In A Large Greek Colony, 200 B.C.”, “Greek From Ancient Times”, et al.) through the lens of postocolonial theory, will allow for the analysis of the concept of the “Hellenic” which structures part of the dynamic of the Cavafian oeuvre and its essential cultural breadth.

Georgia Pateridou
, Assistant Professor of Greek Literature, Hellenic Open University

Curator of the Cycle of Research Seminars of the Cavafy Archive 2017-2018: Yiannis Papatheodorou, Associate Professor of Modern Greek Literature, University of Ioannina

Attendance is free. Tickets must be reserved at
Location: Onassis Library (56, Amalia ave.)
Number of audience in each session: 80

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