[MGSA-L] Events at Brown University

Amanatidou, Elissavet elsa_amanatidou at brown.edu
Mon Apr 21 08:03:26 PDT 2014


*The program in Modern Greek Studies*


*Amanda Michalopoulou*

Award winning author and journalist

Reading from her book "Why I killed my best friend"

Translated into English by *Karen Emmerich *

*Wednesday, April 23, 2014*

5:30 pm

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

60 George Street

*Amanda Michalopoulou* is the author of five novels, two short story
collections and a successful series of children's books. One of Greece's
leading contemporary writers, Michalopoulou has won the country's highest
literary awards, including the Revmata prize and the Diavazo award. Her
collection of short stories, *I'd like*, was long listed for the best
Translation Book Award.

*Synopsis*: Set in '70s, in post dictatorship Greece and using the back
drop of Greek politics, radical protests and the art world, WIKMGF charts
the ups and downs and fallings out of the powerful self-destructive bond
that best friends can have. Why I killed my best friend is a novel that
ultimately compares and explores friendship as a political system of
totalitarianism and democracy.

*Karen Emerich *is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the
University of Oregon, where she specializes in translation studies. She is
also a translator of modern Greek poetry and prose; her recent translations
include books by Miltos Sachtouris, Margarita Karapanou, Amanda
Michalopoulou, Ersi Sotiropoulos, and Yannis Ritsos
*The Program in Modern Greek Studies *
*and the *
*Department of Italian Studies*

*Fighting for Freedom in the Mediterranean*

*Italian international armed volunteersin Greece in 1897*


Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
(NYU Visiting Professor)

Tuesday, April 22, 5:30pm
Rhode Island Hall 108

>From the middle of the 1890s, international opinion was mobilized around
the question of Crete, then an Ottoman province whose Greek majority sought
union with Greece. There was a call for international philhellenic action
by armed volunteers and this resulted in the massive participation of over
2000 Italians during the short Greco-Turkish war in the spring of 1897. The
mobilization of volunteers took place in a context of a clear opposition
between "people's diplomacy" and "cabinet diplomacy", between the "armed
nation" and the "army of the nation". The lecture will look at the case of
the Italian volunteers and will argue that the category of international
political friendship can be used to shed light on this significant, if
little known, Mediterranean epic.


*Elsa AmanatidouDirector, Center for Language StudiesSenior Lecturer,
Department of Classics195 Angell Street, Room 207Brown University
Providence, RI 02912t: 401.863.7482f:
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