[MGSA-L] Greek American Studies Resource Portal_2018 Update

Anagnostou, Georgios anagnostou.1 at osu.edu
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Greek American Studies Resource Portal, 2018 Update
From the MGSA Transnational Studies Committee

Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

a) Autobiographies, Memoir, Biographies

Bogdanos, Matthew and William Patrick. Thieves of Baghdad. One Man’s Passion to Recover the World’s Greatest Stolen Treasures. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005.

Giannaris, John (Yannis) and McKinley C. Olson. Yannis. Tarrytown, New York: Publishing Incorporated, 1988.

Rizopoulos, Perry Giuseppe and William A. Meis. Wheat Songs: A Greek-American Journey. Academic Studies Press, 2018.

Spyratos, Kristalenia. Erica’s Amerika: 20 Essays Documenting a Greek Family’s Adventures and Adaptation in America. Peterborough, England: Fastprint Publishing, 2014.

Stratakis, Christopher. Appointment with Yesterday. Bloomfield, NJ.: Idie Reader Publishing Services, 2016.

Vavaroutsos, Thomas I. The Odyssey of an Immigrant. Self-published 2013.

Vardalos, Nia. Instant Mom. New York: HarperOne, 2013.

Dissertations and Theses

Gerontakis, Steven. AHEPA vs. the KKK: Greek-Americans on the Path to Whiteness. Senior Thesis. University of North Carolina at Asheville, North Carolina, 2012. http://toto.lib.unca.edu/sr_papers/history_sr/srhistory_2012/gerontakis_steven.pdf

Louvarsi, Elenie. «Δύναμη καı Παράδoση» Strength and Tradition: History and Memory of the Greek Genocide in Turkey and its Impact on Culture and Heritage in the United States. University of Colorado at Denver, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018.

Mavratsas, Caesar, V. Ethnic Entrepreneurialism, Social Mobility, and Embourgeoisement. The Formation and Intergenerational Evolution of Greek-American Economic Culture. Ph.D. Dissertation, Boston University, 1993.

Nazos, Maria. Pulse and the Slow Horizon that Breathes: Two Collections of Poetry and Critical Introduction. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2018.

Nicolaidis, Maria George. Aspects of Greek-American Ethnic Identity: An Intergenerational Study of Greek Americans. Thesis (Ed.D.) Teachers College, Columbia University, 1989.

Roth, Michelle L. Greek Diners: How Greeks have Kept Traditional and Americanized Greek Foodways Alive in American Diners. Thesis, Master of Arts (Anthropology). George Mason University, 2014. http://mars.gmu.edu/bitstream/handle/1920/9090/Roth_thesis_2014.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Saravanos, Alexandra Christine. Attitudes of Greek and American People toward Individuals who Stutter: A Comparative Study. Thesis (Ed.D.) Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013.

Sokoll, Aaron Josef. "We're Not Ethnic": Ethnicity, Pluralism, and Identity in Orthodox Christian America. University of California, Santa Barbara, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018.

Tchaconas, Terry Nickolas. Oral Reading Strategies in Greek and English of Second Grade Bilingual Children and their Relationships to Field-Dependence and Field-Independence. Thesis (Ed. D.) Teachers College, Columbia University, 1985.

Varlamos, Michael. A Quest for Human Rights and Civil Rights: Archbishop Iakovos and the Greek Orthodox Church. Wayne State University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018.


c) Documentaries – Reviews

Andrews, Thomas, G. Review of Ludlow: Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War [Leonidas Vardaros, Writer and Director]. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 8 August, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/documentaries/ludlow-greek-americans-in-the-colorado-coal-war


Anagnostou, Yiorgos. “Steve Frangos: An Archive of Popular Writings in Greek American History and Music.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 1 April, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/steve-frangos-an-archive-of-popular-writings-in-greek-american-history-and-music

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Steve Frangos: An Archive of Popular Writings in Greek American History and Music by Yiorgos Anagnostou In 2017, a scholar in a major U.S. Modern Greek studies program made me an offer I could not resist: to share with me his extensive archive of the writings of Steve Frangos, one of the most prolific popular historians of Greek America.

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. “Steve Frangos: Achieving an Archive.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 1 April, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/steve-frangos-achieving-an-archive

Georgakas, Dan. “Steve Frangos and Greek American Studies.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 1 April, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/steve-frangos-and-greek-american-studies


a) Films

Nickles, Michael. Swing Away. 2016.

Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents' village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined - against all odds - to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer.

c) Film Scholarship

Iancu, Ance-Luminiţa. “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Race, Ethnicity, and Women's Choices in Something New and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” East-West Cultural Passage 17.1 (July 2017): 50­–72.

The movies My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and Something New (2006) interrogate various ethnic and racial traditions and expectations concerning interracial and intercultural relationships from the female perspective. The two romantic comedies illustrate how the female protagonists' decisions to date and marry men outside their ethnic and racial communities create tension and resistance among their family members and circle of friends, revealing an array of cultural and racial differences. By looking at the subtle ways in which these movies depict the challenges posed by interethnic dating/marriage in terms of gender, race, class, and ethnicity, especially in the female protagonists' family environment, this essay sets out to explore how the protagonists' choices to transcend cultural and racial borders may represent a new attempt to assuage the concerns regarding the complexity of interethnic relationships by including the option of individual female choice and agency.

Tonys-Soulas, Mersiana. 2012. “Towards a Multi-layered Construct of Identity by the Greek Diaspora: An examination of the films of Nia Vardalos, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Life in Ruins, Part I.” Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 195–207.

The analysis of the two Vardalos films involves a multi-disciplinary approach through the social sciences. The analysis examines constructs of multiple-layered constructs of identity. The themes relating to conformity versus non-conformity will be examined through such constructs within popular culture, as 'beauty', the 'internalizing' of inferior status by children through research in the social sciences. The ascribing of status and power to a minority culture by the majority culture using a Gramscian analysis will enable a window into seeing contemporary Greek diasporic culture as told through the migration experience.


Gurel, Perin. “Live and Active Cultures: Gender, Ethnicity, and Greek Yogurt in America. Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 16.4 (Winter 2016): 66–77. https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/yogurt-as-a-sexist-white-privileged-product/

Gender Studies

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. “Nation, Diaspora, Homeland, TRANS.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 16 October, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/zak-kostopoulos

Globalization, Transnationalism, Diaspora

King, Russell, Anastasia Christou, Ivor Goodson, and Janine Teerling. “Tales of Satisfaction and Disillusionment: Second-Generation ‘Return’ Migration to Greece and Cyprus.” Diaspora 17.3 (Summer 2008 [published 2014]): 262–87.

This article examines “the comparative “return” experiences of second-generation Greek-Americans and British-born Greek Cypriots who have relocated to their respective parental homelands of Greece and Cyprus. Sixty individuals, born in the United States or the United Kingdom yet now living in Greece or Cyprus, were interviewed and detailed life narratives recorded. We find both similarities and differences between the two groups. While the broad narrative themes “explaining” their returns are similar—a search for a “place to belong” in the ancestral homeland linked to what is, or was, perceived to be a more relaxed and genuine way of life—the post-return outcomes vary. In Greece there is disappointment, even profound disillusionment, whereas in Cyprus the return is generally viewed with satisfaction. For Greek-Americans, negative experiences include difficulty in accessing employment, frustration with bureaucracy and a culture of corruption, struggles with the chaos and stress of life in Athens, and pessimism about the future for their children in Greece. As a result, some Greek-Americans contemplate a second return, back to the United States. For the returnee British Cypriots, these problems are far less evident; they generally rationalize their relocation to Cyprus as the “right decision,” both for themselves and for their children. Greek-Americans tend to withdraw into a social circle of their own kind, whereas British-born returnee Cypriots adopt a more cosmopolitan or “third-space” cultural identity related, arguably, to the small scale and intimate spaces of social [End Page 262] Second-Generation “Return” Migration to Greece and Cyprus exchange in an island setting, and to the colonial and postcolonial history of Cyprus and its diaspora.”

Kaloudis, George. Modern Greece and the Diaspora Greeks in the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.

Kaloudis, George. “The Influence of the Greek Diaspora on Greece and the United States.” International Journal on World Peace 25. 3 (September 2008): 29–59.

Greek Orthodoxy

Grammenos, Athanasios. “The African American Civil Rights Movement and Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America.” Journal of Religion and Society. 18 (2016): 1­–19.

Γραμμένος, Αθανάσιος. Ορθόδοξος Αμερικανός. Ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Βορείου και Νοτίου Αμερικής Ιάκωβος στις ελληνοαμερικανικές σχέσεις (1959-1996). Επίκεντρο, 2018. Orthodox American: Archbishop of North and South America Iakovos in Greek-American Relations (1959-1996). Epikentro, 2018. [Language: Greek (with extensive English summary)].

The book examines the political role Iakovos played during his tenure, either as a mediator between the Governments of Greece and the USA or as an influential member of the Greek-American lobby in critical moments, such as the Turkish invasion of Cyprus (1974). The text follows the facts from the discipline of International Relations and it is not intended to be a biographical sketch. It familiarizes the reader with the US political system, international relations theories and diasporas, and the notion of social capital in immigrant groups. Then, it analyses the original material found in various archives (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in New York, Karamanlis Archives, Mitsotakis Archives, various US Presidential Archives) to assess the efforts of Iakovos and extract useful theoretical conclusions. The empirical study extends to the Greek-Turkish conflict, the Cyprus Question and the Macedonian name issue. An important chapter for me is the one that summarizes Iakovos’ support for the African-American Civil Rights Movement, which I consider the landmark for the community's exit from the “Greek ghetto,” entering the American social life for good. This was a long-sighted movement which is credited to Iakovos, proving that the Greek Orthodox Church has the dynamic to follow progressive steps in contrast to marginal examples, such as the ones we witness lately in some Metropolises of Greece.


a) Community and Regional Histories

Bucuvalas, Tina. Greeks in Tarpon Springs. Images of America Series. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2016.

Georgeson, Stephen P. Atlanta Greeks: An Early History. Charleston: The History Press, 2015.

Greek Historical Society of San Francisco. Greeks in San Francisco. Images of America Series. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2016.

c) History and Historiography Scholarship

Κούρτη-Καζούλη, Βασιλεία. Μια Μικρή Αφήγηση, Μια Μεγάλη Ιστορία: Ένας Ροδίτης μετανάστης στις ΗΠΑ τη δεκαετία του 1920. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2018. Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis. A Small Narrative, a Broader History: A Rhodian Immigrant in the United States in the 1920s. Athens: Papazisis Publications, 2018.

Piperoglou, Andonis. “Rethinking Greek Migration as Settler-Colonialism.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 15 October, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/rethinking-greek-migration-as-settler-colonialism

Identity & Immigration

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. “Do the Right Thing: Identities as Citizenship in U.S. Orthodox Christianity and Greek America.” 18 November, 2018. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/articles/do-the-right-thing

Argeros, Grigoris. “Greek Immigration to the United States, 2010–2015: A Descriptive Analysis.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 36.2 (October 2018): 349–372.

Danopoulos, Constantine P. and Anna Karpathakis. “Racial and Ethnic Attitudes and Individual Relatedness Among Greek-Americans.” New Balkan Politics vol. 9, 2005.

Georgakas, Dan. “Greek America: The Next Fifty Years.” The AHIF Policy Journal (Spring 2016): 1–12. http://ahiworld.serverbox.net/AHIFpolicyjournal/pdfs/Volume7Spring/06georgakas.pdf

Köksal, Duygu. “Escaping to Girlhood in Late Ottoman Istanbul: Demetra Vaka’s and Selma Ekrem’s Childhood Memories.” In Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After, edited by Benjamin C. Fortna, 250–273. Brill, 2016.

Köksal, Duygu. “From a Critique of the Orient to a Critique of Modernity: A Greek-Ottoman-American Writer, Demetra Vaka (1877–1946).” In Social History of Late Ottoman Women: New Perspectives, edited by Duygu Köksal, and Anastasia Falierou, 281–295. Brill, 2013.

Van Steen, Gonda. “Are We There Yet?” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 7 July, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/are-we-there-yet

Literature and Poetry

e) Literature and Poetry Scholarship

Athanasiou-Krikelis, Lissi. Review of Theodora D. Patrona, Return Narratives. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2017). Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 29 April, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/books/theodora-patrona-return-narratives

Kalogeras, Yiorgos. “Revenge and the ‘New’ Americans.” Ex-Centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media. 1 (2018): 63–76.

A persistent theme in American ethnic fiction and film involves an ethnic or immigrant character who dreams of and/or performs an act of violence which goes against the law of the land; on the contrary, it is prescribed by a pre-American law, or unwritten custom. Application of such a pre-American law though engenders a question: why should a new American citizen resort to the dictates of a preindustrial past rather than to the laws of a modern, well-organized, bureaucratic society? This paper claims that, paradoxically, these acts inspired by a pre-American set of beliefs and attitudes expedite the transition of the immigrant and ethnic into the mainstream and post-ethnicity. Contextualized as part of organized crime, labor politics, predatory capitalism, the myth of the Golden Door these violent acts configure as ethnic but are motivated by the desire of the protagonist to join America and move on to a post- ethnic identity. The author analyzes Anzia Yezierska’s “The Lost Beautifulness” (1920), Harry Mark Petrakis’s “Pericles on 31st Street” (1957), and George Pelecanos’s “The Dead, Their Eyes Implore Us” (2003). Available online at, http://ejournals.lib.auth.gr/ExCentric/article/view/5995

f) Children’s Books

Bunting, Eve. I Have an Olive Tree. New York: HarperCollins World, 1999.

D’Arc, Karen Scourby. My Grandmother is a Singing Yaya. New York: Orchard Books, 2001.

Lord, Athena V. Today’s Special: Z.A.P. and Zoe. New York: Macmillan, 1984.

Lord, Athena V. Z.A.P., Zoe, and the Musketeers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.

Papandrew, Karen. Stacy and the Greek Festival. Sequim, WA: Drew Pub., 1997.

Papandrew, Karen. Stacy and the Greek Village Wedding. Sequim, WA: Drew Pub., 2001.

Toufidou, Calliope. In My Grandmother’s Footsteps. Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, 2018.

Media (new category)

Matsaganis, Matthew D., Vikki S. Katz, Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach. Understanding Ethnic Media: Producers, Consumers, and Societies. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011: 140–46.

Music and Song

Bucuvalas, Tina. Greek Music in America. University Press of Mississippi, 2018.

Public Performances of Identity (new category)

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. “The Greek Independence Day Parade: Ways of Seeing and Imagining.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 1 May, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/ways-of-seeing-and-imagining

Mellos, Dimitris. “New York City’s Greek Independence Day Parade: Seeing Beyond the Spectacle.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 29 April, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/essays/seeing-beyond-the-spectacle

Politics and Ethnicity

b) Book reviews (new category)

Brady Kiesling, John. Review of James Edward Miller, The United States and the Making of Modern Greece: History and Power 1950-1974. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (2009); and Robert V. Keeley, The Colonel’s Coup and the American Embassy: A Diplomat’s View of the Breakdown of Democracy in Cold War Greece. The Pennsylvania State University Press (ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series) (2010). Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. 9 September, 2018. http://ergon.scienzine.com/article/books/miller-keeley-book-review

Teaching (new category)

Lambropoulos, Vassilis. “Teaching ‘Greek American Culture.’” The AHIF Policy Journal (Spring 2016): 1–3.

Blogs and Resource Portals

a) Blog Entries

Soumakis, Fevronia K. “Greek-Americans in NYC: Settlement, the Church, and Schooling.” Teachers College Center for History and Education From the Archives, 28 Feb. 2018. www.tc.columbia.edu/che/whats-new/from-the-archives/greek-americans-in-nyc-settlement-the-church-and-schooling/.

Worldwide Greek Diaspora and Transnational Worlds


Murray, Jill C. “‘You Speak Greek Well … (for an Australian)’: Homeland Visits and Diaspora Identity.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 20. 1 (Spring 2011[published 2018]): 65–86.

Χρυσανθοπούλου, Βασιλική. Τόποι Μνήμης στην Καστελλοριζιακή Μετανάστευση και Διασπορά. [Topoi of Memory in the Castellorizian Immigration and Diaspora]. Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2017.


Pabst, Stavroula. One (Wo)man’s Shopping is the Same (Wo)man’s history? Immigration, Advertisement and Consumption Patterns in the Greek Community of Montreal 1960s-- 1970s. Thesis, Master of Arts (History). McGill University, 2018.


Compiled by Fevronia Soumakis

Contributors: Yiorgos Anagnostou, Kostis Kourelis, Fevronia Soumakis, Elaine Thomopoulos.
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