WELCOME!

 

To the Web page of

DR. CHRISTINA DOKOU

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

UPDATE JUNE 12, 2020: EXAM ARRANGEMENTS!

To avoid crowding in the corridors and confusion on the day of the exam, please note that you will be spread across three amphitheatres as follows:

 

US FICTION

A.  Students whose last name begins with Kam-Mou: Amphitheatre 440

B.  Students whose last name begins with Mp-Nta: Amphitheatre 442

C.  All other students and those who may not find seats in the amphitheatres above: Amphitheatre 445.

 

US POETRY

A.  Students whose last name begins with A-E: Amphitheatre 438

B.  Students whose last name begins with Z-Kan: Amphitheatre 440

C.  All other students and those who may not find seats in the amphitheatres above: Amphitheatre 442.

 

Please make sure you come early on, because there might be some shifting around for optimal facilitation. Oh, and, along with your mask, bring your own water and snack, if you need it: unfortunately, all the School of Philosophy cafeterias are closed!

 

THEORY OF CULTURE DEGREE-PENDING STUDENTS: Your examination has been set for Friday, June 12, 3-4:30pm, in amphitheatre 438. It will be a written exam by live presence on the premises, so please remember to bring MASKS in order to be admitted in the room. This way we can all help responsibly to keep each other safe.

 

 UPDATE MAY 11, 2020: NEW meeting ID and password for American Fiction added below. From now on, please follow that. Hopefully we will not have a difficult time again.

AMERICAN POETRY students: I have changed the password into one which Zoom generated by itself lately. Use that to get in.

AMERICAN FICTION (MONDAYS)

AMERICAN POETRY (FRIDAYS)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4360127294?pwd=QUxLUnlMdWYzL05zSUJ4bnBCOUJnZz09

 

Meeting ID: 436 012 7294

Password: 821147

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/871445465

Meeting ID: 871 445 465

Password: 6qhQXK

 

 

 

 

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 Spring Semester 2019-20 exam period:

Mondays and Fridays, 3-4pm

 

·   Spring semester 2019-20 courses:

 

1. AMERICAN FICTION—2nd semester

Syllabus

Fiction Elements

U.S. History

U.S. Literature History

CourseTexts

Class notes

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

 

2. AMERICAN POETRY—4th semester

   Syllabus

   Poetry Elements

U.S. History

   Poetry Movements

   Poetry Sites

   Notes on T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

      Weekly Poems

      Weekly Class Notes

      Thesis Samples

      Bibliography Sample

      Essay Writing Instructions

Workshop Note Packet 1

Workshop Note Packet 2

      Watch an animated version of Ginsberg’s “Howl” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9BMVFpk80

 

·       Fall semester 2019-20 courses:

 

1. THEORY OF CULTURE—5th semester

Syllabus

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

Class Notes

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”

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

Paul James and Manfred B. Steger, “A Genealogy of ‘Globalization’”

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!

 

2. GREEK CLASSICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: MINORITIES MYTHUNDERSTOOD

M.A. Program, 1st semester

Course material is available here

 

 

·   Past courses:

 

THEORY AND CRITICISM OF LITERATURE—4th semester

   Syllabus

   Chronology

   Texts

   Class notes

   Best answers to advertisement analysis exercise available here. Congratulations, ladies!

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

3. Advertisement for toystore based on Django at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJQmAevnV-E

 

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

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

 

 

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

            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 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!

 

 

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

AMERICAN LEGENDS—5th semester

Syllabus

Bibliography

Texts 1, 2, 3, 4

Roll Call

Class Outlines

Journal Samples

Thesis and Bibliography Sample

Annie (film) Questionnaire

Fantastic 4 paper

Wowoka’s “Messiah Letter” found at

http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/resources/archives/eight/gdmessg.htm       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

 

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

Syllabus

Texts

Resources

Translation Pointers

Translation Studies Article

         

         

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

Syllabus

Articles on comics:

Chute

Dokou

Huyssen

Martin

Meskin

Zunshine

 

 

LITERATURE AS PSYCHOANALYSIS-PSYCHOTHERAPY: CONTEMPORARY ANGLOPHONE TEXTS—M.A. Program, 3rd semester

3.    Syllabus

4.    Basic concepts

5.    Supplementary Bibliography

6.    Freud: Psychoanalysis

7.    Freud: Cathexis and Dream Work

8.    Freud: Creative Writers and Daydreaming

9.    Freud: Structure of the Mind

10.          Freud: 3 Caskets

11.          Freud: Civilization & Its Discontents

12.          Frye

13.          Antipsychiatry

14.          Irigaray

15.          Trilling

16.          Miller

17.          Brooks

18.          Belsey

19.          Jung: Principal Archetypes

20.          Jung: On the Relation...

21.          Francofemme Trinity

22.          Lacan

23.          Lacan Subject & Desire

24.          Lacan The Instance of the Letter

25.          Lapsley on Lacan (in Malpas)

26.       Erdrich

27.       Kristeva Semiotic & Symbolic

28.     Behaviorism