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Literature: people’s stories

Cycle I

October 2011 - May 2012
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The “Literature: people’s stories” cycle seeks to shed light on individual life stories which, having acquired a mythic dimension by being set down on paper in book form, can go so far as to influence a nation’s cultural, social and even political life.
In this context, we shall begin with a discussion of the extent to which the prose biography is as developed and important a genre in Greece as it is elsewhere, and, if not, why not.
Bearing witness from the front lines of our contemporary era will also be discussed, as will politicians’ memoires, the challenges posed by autobiography, and the case of Alexander Papadiamantis, a writer who recorded interesting stories about people but also chose the life of a literary hero of sorts. Finally, we will turn our attention to a somewhat neglected figure: Prince Demetrie Cantemir, Voivode of Moldavia, one of the greatest Greek composers of Constantinople, and among the most widely-read scholars of his age.
INCLUDED IN CIRCLE

16 May 2012

19:00 Upper Stage
Free entrance

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Eye-witness accounts from the front lines of our times: their political and social impact

21 Mar 2012

19:00 Upper Stage
Free entrance

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Political memoires: shedding light on history?

23 Nov 2011

19:00 Upper Stage
Free entrance

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Biography A minor or undervalued genre in Greece?

8 Nov 2011

19:00 Upper Stage
Free entrance

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Prince Dimitrie Cantemir

25 Oct 2011

19:00 Main Stage
Free entrance

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Alexandros Papadiamantis The author and his heroes

5 Oct 2011

19:00 Upper Stage
Free entrance

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Stratis Tsirkas today The significance of post-Civil War literature for the younger generations