[MGSA-L] Public Lecture: "(Compulsively) Narrating the Nation: Greece, Formalism and the Uncanny" by Prof. Alvaro Garcia Marin, University of Malaga (Spain)

Stefanos Katsikas skatsikas at uchicago.edu
Sun Feb 21 20:35:27 PST 2021

Dear friends of Hellenic Studies,

You are cordially invited to attend Prof. Alvaro Garcia Marin's virtual lecture: "(Compulsively) Narrating the Nation: Greece, Formalism and the Uncanny." The lecture will take place on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. CT.

Please register in advance for this lecture via the following electronic link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please find below the lecture's summary, Prof. Alvaro Garcia Marin's biographical info and an electronic flyer of the event. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you at the event as possible.

Lecture's Summary:

Greece has traditionally been conceived in terms of repetition: rebirth, revival, resurrection. In the attempt to create a modern Greek nation, the signifier «Greece» preexisted the entity that was to be named by it. Consequently, such an entity had to be recurrently reshaped to fit the name and the constellation of memories it evoked, rather than the reverse. Scholarship has usually termed “formalism” this temporal and semiotic displacement inherent in the configuration of the nation.

Since repetition always entails return with a difference, the modern (re)construction of Greece can be linked to the Freudian theory of the uncanny, based indeed in repetition and displaced returns. Employing as a motif the uncanniest figure of the vrykolakas (Greek vampire or revenant), and as a tool the notion of “economy of revenance”, I will read a recurrent narrative structure in Modern Greek literature and film as an (uncanny) allegory of the configuration of the nation through repetition (compulsion) and dissociation.

Prof. Alvaro Garcia Marin's Biographical Information:

Álvaro García Marín is a Professor of Modern Greek and Translation Studies at the University of Málaga (Spain). He has also taught at Columbia University and at the University of Seville (Spain), and has worked as a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Among his publications is the book Historias del vampiro griego ((Hi)stories of the Greek Vampire, CSIC, 2017).


Stefanos Katsikas, Ph.D.
Associate Director &
Instructional Assistant Professor
Center for Hellenic Studies
University of Chicago
1153 East 58th Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
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