History or Aesthetics? Greek Academic Institutions placed before the Canon


  • Αγγέλα Καστρινάκη University of Crete




THIS ARTICLE - which is not strictly speaking a piece of scholarly research but rather a contribution or intervention to an on-going academic dialogue - describes the current state of affairs as regards teaching Modern Greek Literature at universities. Rather than teaching aesthetically accomplished works, we tend to focus mostly οn texts or periods that make a contribution to our students' familiarization with Greek collective identity. This seems to be due to: a) a historically oriented notion of literary studies; b) the limited number of highly artistic Greek prose works; c) the lack of a Modern Greek canon. Οn the other hand, the condition of most students might be best described as 'aesthetic illiteracy'. The suggestion made in this article is to orientate our teaching goals towards the cultivation of artistic taste and thus shift our curriculum away from the collective idea of tradition towards the formulation and teaching of a Greek canon, along with major European works.

Author Biography

Αγγέλα Καστρινάκη, University of Crete

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How to Cite

Καστρινάκη Α. (2010). History or Aesthetics? Greek Academic Institutions placed before the Canon. Ariadne, 15, 227–235. https://doi.org/10.26248/ariadne.v15i0.925