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Important Print Titles

Beaton, Roderick. An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature. 2nd ed., rev. and expanded. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.
(F) (SHS) PA5225.B43 1999
This introduction covers literature from 1821 to 1992. There is an elucidating chapter on the "language question."

Dimaras, Konstantinos. A History of Modern Greek Literature (Historia tes neoellenikes logotechnias, translated by Mary P. Gianos). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1972.
(F) (SHS) PA5210.D513
A now classic in the field addressing Modern Greek Literature before the Turkish Domination; Hellenism from 1453-1669; 1669-1774; 1774-1820; the War of Independence and its consequences for literature; Greek romanticism; the "New School of Athens"; (after Palamas)-1922.

Philippides, Dia M.L. Census of Modern Greek Literature: Check-List of English-Language Sources Useful in the Study of Modern Greek Literature (1824-1987). New Haven, CT: Modern Greek Studies Association, 1990.
(F) (SHS) Z2294.C8 P46 1990
Excellent resource for anyone wishing to acquaint her/himself with the works by and about modern Greek authors in English.

Polites, Linos. A History of Modern Greek Literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973.
(F) (SHS) PA5210. P6
Should be used in tandem with Dimaras' work. The focus of Polites' work is somewhat different. He divides his history up in the literature before the Fall of Constantinople (11th-15th centuries); after the Fall (15th-17th centuries); the "Great Age of Cretan Literature (1570-1669); Modern Greek Enlightenment (18th century); the "Demotic Song"; te 19th-20th centuries (Solomos, Kalvos, Palamas (the "New Athenian School"); prose after 1880--the 'Genre" Story, the Language Question, Psycharis; Kavafis, Sikelianos (poetry up to 1930); The generation of 1930 in poetry and prose. There is an appendix with texts of poems quoted, chronological tables, and a select bibliography.