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DR. CHRISTINA DOKOU

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS (INBOUND AND OUTBOUND) FOR ALL OF MY COURSES:

If you are leaving for an Erasmus programme, or finishing your Erasmus time in Greece, and you must leave before the end of our semester, please email me by December 15, with your name and the LATEST POSSIBLE date of your departure, so that I can arrange for an earlier examination for you.

The exams will probably take place on December 21 and 22, but I must know beforehand how many there will be so that I can arrange for the appropriate format/class.

 

8-12-2021: SECOND IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Not only are we meeting in a different class, we have an impromptu guest lecturer for that day, Professor Bohdan Szklarski from the American Studies Centre of the University of Warshow, Poland. To accommodate our speaker, we will make a small switch to our schedule: instead of Minority Report, we will have the USA: Case Study class (originally due on Dec. 15) first. Please read Fender and Baudrillards texts, which we will do during the first hour of the class as a prelude to Prof. Szklarskis lecture on Why the World Loves to Hate America (cool title, eh? Excited already? I know I am!)

 

Temporary change of class for Theory of Culture. To kindly make room for a Holocaust conference that needs the space, our class on December 8 ONLY will be held instead in Amphitheatre 313.

 

 

 

Assistant Professor,

American Literature and Culture

 

Faculty of English Studies

 

The National and Kapodistrian

University of Athens, Greece

 

e-mail: cdokou@enl.uoa.gr

Curriculum Vitae

 

I only look harmless

unless you plagiarize !!!

        Academic interests:

a.  Myth and Folklore Studies (Greek and American)

b.  American Literature and Culture

c.  American Cultural Studies

d.  Pop Americana (especially Comics Studies)

e.  Comparative Literature

f.  Psychoanalytic criticism

g.  Gender Studies

h.  Pizza Studies (an expert!)

 

 

DR. DOKOU OFFICE & CONSULTING HOURS

Office Hours for Fall Semester 2021-22: Mondays and Wednesdays, 14:15-15:15

 

        Fall semester 2021-22 courses:

 

1.  THEORY OF CULTURE5th semester

Syllabus

Texts (Note: there are TWO packages included here, each with its own table of contents)

Class Notes

Reaction PapersBest Answers!

Diaz del Castillo extracts from The True History of the Conquest of New Spain

Sigmund Freud, From Civlization and Its Discontents, (read ONLY pages 88 from The analogy-92 end)

Ellen Sebring, Civilization and Barbarism

Guy Deutscher, Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

Casas-Adorno and Horkheimer-Hall-Hebdige in pdf package

Colin Kidds In a Frozen Crouch

George Orwells England, Your England from The Lion and the Unicorn

Robin Cooks Chicken Tikka Massala speech extracts

George Ritzer, The Macdonaldization of Society

Donna Haraway, The Cyborg Manifesto

Barthes, texts from Mythologies here and also read the Photography and Electorate Appeal chapter here.

Michael Chapman, Postcolonialism

Liam Connell, Global Narratives

Paul James and Manfred B. Steger, A Genealogy of Globalization

West-Aronowitz-Wilson-Hochschild in one pdf here.

Cielemecka and Daigle, Posthuman Sustainability

Alternative versions of the texts for eye-impaired students can be found here, courtesy of your classmates, Ms. Maria Tzevelekou and Mr. Athanassios Patras. Thank you, Thanos and Maria!

 

 

Live from the Wild West...the Daltons (feat. Ran-Tan-Plan)!

2.  AMERICAN LEGENDS5th semester

Syllabus

Bibliography

Texts 1, 2, 3, 4

Native American and Puritan texts

Wowokas letter at Digital History (uh.edu)

Roll Call

Class Outlines

Journal Samples

Thesis and Bibliography Sample

Essay Writing Instructions

Workshop Note Packet 1

Workshop Note Packet 2

 

American Legends video made by student Evangelia Panagiotara for X-Mas 2014!

 


The Legends Live on Halloween! Pocahontas x2,the Salem Witches, Darth Vader (Mini-Me version),

The Odjibwa Corn God, Coyote the Trickster, the Grinch, and Spider-Woman

A group of people posing for a photo

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The Legends return in 2021: A Salem Witch, Dead Poets Society, Loki and Mother Nature, live at the Philosophiki!

   Spring semester 2020-21 courses:

 

1. AMERICAN POETRY4th semester

Syllabus

Poetry Elements

U.S. History

Poetry Movements

Poetry Sites

Notes on T.S. Eliots The Waste Land

Weekly Poems

Native American Poems

Thesis Samples

Bibliography Sample

Essay Writing Instructions

Workshop Note Packet 1

Workshop Note Packet 2

Watch an animated version of Ginsbergs Howl at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9BMVFpk80

 

        Past courses:

 

THEORY AND CRITICISM OF LITERATURE4th semester

Syllabus

Chronology

Texts

Paula Gunn Allen, Kochinnenako in the Academe: - Kochinnenako in Academe: - Ohio University (yumpu.com)

 

NEW Advertisement analyses: Best of!

Advertisements for the extra-credit assignment:

1.  Advertisement for phone company at: http://diafhmiseis.gr/diafhmish-cosmote/aggelikoula-manh/ (Part I) and http://diafhmiseis.gr/diafhmish-cosmote/diafimisi-cosmote-aggelikoyla-2011/ (Part II)

2.  Advertisement for coffee/squirrel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER3raBb-fpY

 

ADVERTISEMENT CHOICES FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS (IN ENGLISH)

1. Shaving accessories on manhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koPmuEyP3a0

2. Little Darth Vader and car commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n6hf3adNqk

 

 

BODILY FICTIONS: THE BODY IN MODERN AMERICAN FICTION7th semester

        Syllabus

        Bibliography

        Fried Green Tomatoes

        Texts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

        Pyke

        William Carlos Williams, death poems

        Lisel Mueller poem

        Susan Bordo essay

        Audre Lorde essay

        Adrienne Rich essay

        J. Halberstam essay

        Susan S. Friedman essay

        Hayles essay

        Zingsheim essay

        Journal Samples

         Body Films

        Body Project Thesis Samples

        Research Paper Thesis Samples

        Classnotes

        Wit flyer

        The Vagina Monologues flyer

        NEW! Watch Fur in Greek at:

        http://www.nt-archive.gr/playMaterial.aspx?playID=58#videos

        Sample Thesis, Outline and Bibliography

        Essay Writing Instructions

        Workshop Note Packet 1

        Workshop Note Packet 2

 

 

AMERICAN FICTION2nd semester

Syllabus

Fiction Elements

U.S. History

U.S. Literature History

CourseTexts

Class notes

The full movie version of Alice Walkers Everyday Use has been taken off youtube, but you can get two clips from the film here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZWQ4TB5XKI (opening scene)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLsNc30SiS8 (closing scene)

William Burroughs video of A Junkys Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6kHN92Yv48

 

 

GREEK CLASSICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: MINORITIES MYTHUNDERSTOOD

M.A. Program, 1st semester

Course material is available here

 

 

STUDENT EXHIBITION PAGE

 

THE BODY PROJECT EXHIBITION 2018-19

 

Four new unique and original projects were added this year to the gallery, covering topics such as individuality of style, body-constructivist pathology in the social media, scars and dramatized medical narratives on abortionclick here to see them all, and warmest congratulations to all contributors!

 

THE BODY PROJECT EXHIBITION 2017-18

 

The inspired and artful work continuesclick here to see an anthology of student projects that really stun with their intelligent and passionate commentary on specific American texts and/or phenomena in relation to the body. Ladies and gents, you did yourselvesand your teacherproud! Thank you!

 

THE BODY PROJECT EXHIBITION 2015-16

 

A. The Changing Face of America by Athena Markomichelaki, Evi Politi, Dimitrios Ramantanoglu Eleni Sichidi, Antonis Smardas

A collage of portraits (painted or photographed), divided by thematic category, chronicling the historic process of forming the USA through its changing ideologies of depiction of the human face/body.

Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW9dLTy06w0&list=PLEvoC7K5WTPfwjYgFXfHVoOD4EOtxDawr

 

B. Equal Parenthood Rights by Olga Akepsimaidou and Fotini Paila

A short poetic film expressing the idea of the performative, volatile gender/sexual identity of parents.

Available: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yYyQBSaR5D8

 

C. The Dress by Stavroula Vasilopoulou and Kyriaki Kazelidou

A Response to Marge Piercys Barbie Doll and Sylvia Plaths The Applicant poems, this dress is entirely constructed of clippings from women and girls magazines, performing an interpellation of proper femininity. The dress hangs or grows from a hanger on whose sides the poems are pasted in the form of similar clippings.

Dress1 Dress2 Dress3 Dress4.

 

D. Fried Green Tomatoes Diptych by Efstathia Maria Athanasopoulou, Paraskevi Benetsi, Tugba Kalpak, Christina Anna Nikiforaki, and Rania Georgia Oikonomou

A re-staging of the bee-charming scene in the novel as a revised myth of Eden, with emphasis on the natural elements of the scene (including the bodies) and a response panel showing not Fall and Death as a result, but a cosmogonic flow from a Primal Vagina (real honey was used).

FGT Diptych

 

E. Can She Really Do It? by Evgenia Azdaridi, Anna Georgiadi, and Evanthia Gkilntirim.

A hilarious re-staging of a series of 50s sexist ads, tongue-in-cheek, that uses performative parody to highlight the phallogocentric assumptions that still plague western societies.

Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5HlDQhNESw

 

F.  Interzone by Irene Chatzi, Nikos-Georgios Farmakis, Vassileia Plakouraki, Georgia Rapti, and Theocharis Tsiakalos

A short film creatively retelling, through original narrative and lyrical symbolic images, the real-life story of Chana Wilson, a person forced to go through gender-reorientation therapy in contemporary USA.

Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtgYKbnKMLA

 

G. Vagina and Trauma, Reflection of a Psyche by Eleftheria Ploumaki and Christina Rigopoulou

An original depiction of female suffering due to the contradictory significations of femaleness within phallogocentric culture is suggested in this postmodern bricolage by the use of quasi-Byzantine religious iconography, a genre emphasizing bodily abnegation and suffering, while the choice of contrasting materialsoft cotton for libidinal femaleness, sharp glass shards for subjugated, traumatized femininityand organic, grainy wood to depict the uniqueness of bodily experience in tones both rich and natural make this a truly visceral approach to diachronic and transcultural trauma narratives.

Vagina and Trauma

 

P.S. Congratulations to all, you made me very proud! CXD

 

THE WE REAL COOL PROJECT

 

Inspired by the musicality of Gwendolyn Brookss 1966 poem We Real Cool, our 4th semester American Poetry students came up with their own song versions of it: Eleni Chalvatzis smooth hip-hop meets Maria Pantsious postmodern low-bap mix; Liana Damaschin and Georgia Patoula demonstrate the virtue of back-to-basics and remind us of the ways African-American music starteda voice, a bit of snapping, a bit of clapping; Theano Gympaki enlists the help of two African friends for the authentic Black experience; Rigoula Siaplaoura goes for a classical and elegant approach; and Monica or Irene Skylakaki have nothing on our own Vassiliki Papadopoulou and her inspired acoustic guitar! Enjoy here.

 

Warmest Congratulations to all the Real Cool participants! You make us proud!

 

TRANSLATION WORKSHOP: THE BLACK RENAISSANCE AND ITS ECHO IVInterdepartmental M.A. Program, 3rd semester

Syllabus

Texts

Resources

Translation Pointers

Translation Studies Article

TRANSLATION WORKSHOP: CULTURAL STUDIES AND TRANSLATION, PART AInterdepartmental M.A. Program, 3rd semester

Syllabus

Articles on comics:

Chute

Dokou

Huyssen

Martin

Meskin

Zunshine

 

 

LITERATURE AS PSYCHOANALYSIS-PSYCHOTHERAPY: CONTEMPORARY ANGLOPHONE TEXTSM.A. Program, 3rd semester

2.  Syllabus

3.  Basic concepts

4.  Supplementary Bibliography

5.  Freud: Psychoanalysis

6.  Freud: Cathexis and Dream Work

7.  Freud: Creative Writers and Daydreaming

8.  Freud: Structure of the Mind

9.  Freud: 3 Caskets

10.     Freud: Civilization & Its Discontents

11.     Frye

12.     Antipsychiatry

13.     Irigaray

14.     Trilling

15.     Miller

16.     Brooks

17.     Belsey

18.     Jung: Principal Archetypes

19.     Jung: On the Relation...

20.     Francofemme Trinity

21.     Lacan

22.     Lacan Subject & Desire

23.     Lacan The Instance of the Letter

24.     Lapsley on Lacan (in Malpas)

25.     Erdrich

26.     Kristeva Semiotic & Symbolic

27.  Behaviorism