[MGSA-L] Lecture on Greek-American culture

Roilos, Panagiotis roilos at fas.harvard.edu
Sat Nov 22 16:24:40 PST 2014

Dear all,

I would like to invite you to the following lecture on Greek-American culture.

Panagiotis Roilos
George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature
Harvard University

Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard
Seminar on Modern Greek Literature and Culture

Maria Kaliambou, Yale University
The Book Culture of Greek Americans
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St.

As soon as Greeks began emigrating to the United States at the end of the 19th century, Greek-American publishing houses—mostly family businesses—appeared in urban centers such as New York, Boston, and Chicago. The array of Greek-American book production is extensive: “high” and “low” editions; books for adults as well as for children; books with a religious, social, humorous, or functional character; bilingual books or books printed in only one language, and so on. A significant number of serials and periodicals are also present in almost every community. All these publications, crucial to the cultural education and self-awareness of Greek immigrants, were aimed at fulfilling all their reading needs. Although in recent decades migrant culture has been the focus of extensive research, the book history of immigrants is a topic that remains untouched by the scholarly community. The talk will contribute not only to literary studies, ethnic studies, and book history, but also to a better understanding of oral vs. written literature and of cultural identity.

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