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DR. CHRISTINA DOKOU
American Literature and Culture
The National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens, Greece
“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: TBA
· Fall semester 2021-22 courses:
1. THEORY OF CULTURE—5th semester
Texts (Note: there are TWO packages included here, each with its own table of contents)
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 Kidd’s “In a Frozen Crouch”
George Orwell’s “England, Your England” from “The Lion and the Unicorn”
Robin Cook’s “Chicken Tikka Massala” speech extracts
George Ritzer, “The Macdonaldization of Society”
Donna Haraway, “The Cyborg Manifesto”
Paul James and Manfred B. Steger, “A Genealogy of ‘Globalization’”
West-Aronowitz-Wilson-Hochschild in one pdf here.
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 LEGENDS—5th semester
Wowoka’s “Messiah Letter” found at
“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
· Spring semester 2020-21 courses:
1. AMERICAN POETRY—4th semester
Watch an animated version of Ginsberg’s “Howl” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9BMVFpk80
· Past courses:
THEORY AND CRITICISM OF LITERATURE—4th semester
Paula Gunn Allen, “Kochinnenako in the Academe”: £- Kochinnenako in Academe: - Ohio University (yumpu.com)
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 FICTION—7th semester
· William Carlos Williams, death poems
· Lisel Mueller poem
· NEW! Watch Fur in Greek at:
AMERICAN FICTION—2nd semester
The full movie version of Alice Walker’s “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 Junky’s 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
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 abortion—click here to see them all, and warmest congratulations to all contributors!
THE BODY PROJECT EXHIBITION 2017-18
The inspired and artful work continues—click 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 yourselves—and your teacher—proud! 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.
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.
C. “The Dress” by Stavroula Vasilopoulou and Kyriaki Kazelidou
A Response to Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” and Sylvia Plath’s “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.
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).
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.
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.
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 material—soft cotton for libidinal femaleness, sharp glass shards for subjugated, traumatized femininity—and 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.
P.S. Congratulations to all, you made me very proud! CXD
THE “WE REAL COOL” PROJECT
Inspired by the musicality of Gwendolyn Brooks’s 1966 poem “We Real Cool,” our 4th semester “American Poetry” students came up with their own song versions of it: Eleni Chalvatzi’s smooth hip-hop meets Maria Pantsiou’s 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 started—a 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 IV—Interdepartmental M.A. Program, 3rd semester
TRANSLATION WORKSHOP: CULTURAL STUDIES AND TRANSLATION, PART A—Interdepartmental M.A. Program, 3rd semester
Articles on comics:
LITERATURE AS PSYCHOANALYSIS-PSYCHOTHERAPY: CONTEMPORARY ANGLOPHONE TEXTS—M.A. Program, 3rd semester