1. Postgraduate seminars cover five periods:
A. 11th – 14th centuries (codes: BMG 641-650)
This unit examines the vernacular production of the transition period, from the end of the Byzantine era to the rise of Modern Greek Literature. Topics of interest include: the evolution of the Greek language, but mainly the Literaricity of the Poetic-epic, and Satiric Production of the 11th – 12th c. (Digenis Akritas, Ptochoprodromos); Allegoric Poetry (Logos Parigoritikos, Istoria ton Tetrapodon Zoon); The Romances (Livistros and Rhodamne, Kallimachos and Chrysoroi, Imperios and Margarona) and other historical narratives (Istoria Velissariou, Diegesis Achilleos). Acritic songs are also examined while special attention is given to the early period of Cretan literature, and poets such as Stephanos Sachlikis and Marinos Falieros.
B. 15th – 17th centuries (codes: BMG 651-660)
This unit begins with the Fall of Constantinople and ends with the Fall of Crete (1669). It examines literary production in those regions of Greece under Latin and Franc occupation. Topics of interest include: The Medieval-renaissance Literature of Cyprus (from the Chronicle of Leontios Machairas to Rimes Agapis) and the Literature Production of Crete from the Early Renaissance (Bergadis' Apokopos) to the period of the 'Cretan bloom' (Erotokritos, Thysia to Avraam, Erofili, etc.). This period also includes the examination of medieval folk songs (Arodafnousa, Rizitika, etc.).
C. 18th – 19th centuries (codes: BMG 661-670)
This unit examines the texts of the Greek Enlightenment (1750-1821), paying particular attention to the prose writings of E. Voulgaris, R. Ferraios, I. Moisiodax, D. Katartzis, A. Koraes, and the poetic production of I. Vilaras and A. Christopoulos. This unit also includes Folk (Klephtic) Poetry, the School of the Ionian Islands (1800-1860), the poetic works of A. Kalvos, D. Solomos and A. Valaoritis, the First School of Athens (1830-1880), the poetic production of the Second Athenian School (Generation of the 1880s) and especially the work of K. Palamas, the historical novel, the first period in the production of prose narratives (1830-1880), and, finally, the ethnographic short stories of the 1880s-1900s (Papadiamantis, Vizyenos, Karkavitsas). This unit also includes the study of Medieval Cypriot demotic songs ("Arodaphnousa" etc.).
D. 20th – 21st centuries (codes: BMG 671-680)
This unit examines the literary innovations of the 1920s and 1930s, as reflected in the works of representative authors of the relevant generations. It also examines the post-war production, up to the present day. Topics of special interest include: Interwar Fiction (D. Voutiras, K. Chatzopoulos, K. Theotokis, K. Paroritis, etc.), the poetic work of A. Sikelianos, N. Kazantzakis, and the 'Generation of the 1920s' (K. Karyotakis, T. Agras, N. Lapathiotis, etc.), the poetry of C.P. Cavafy, Greek modernism (Seferis, Elytis, Ritsos, Montis), Greek Surrealism (N. Kalas, A. Empeirikos, N. Engonopoulos), the novels of the 1930s generation, Post-war Poetry (T. Sinopoulos, M. Anagnostakis, M. Sachtouris, G. Pavlopoulos, T. Pieridis, P. Michanikos and others), post-war prose (S. Tsirkas, D. Hatzis, Y. Ioannou, etc.), Contemporary Poetry (L. Poulios, M. Ganas, K. Charalampides) and Prose (S. Dimitriou, R. Galanaki, V. Gourogiannis).
E. Methodology (codes: BMG 681-690)
This unit examines issues that relate to the methodological field (Historiography-Theory-Criticism-Comparative Literature) of literary practices. The seminars in this unit primarily explore the theories and the methods hitherto applied to the interpretation and analysis of literary texts, placing particular emphasis on their application to the study of Modern Greek literary texts.
The six postgraduate seminars of the postgraduate program in Modern Greek Literature focus on topics chosen by colleagues who teach a postgraduate seminar every semester. It is understood that the subjects are related to the fields of specialization of colleagues or to the research they are conducting during the period in question, so that the postgraduate students get familiar with a specific methodology of research and study. It is also understood that the fields of research of the postgraduate seminars are part of one of the five cycles of the basic studies offered by the Department (A. 11th - 14th centuries, B. 15th-17th centuries, C. 18th-19th centuries, D. 21st Century, E. Methodological Circle).
2. Students may attend seminars in each period depending on the offered seminars; however no more than three seminars in a single unit may be selected.
3. In consultation with the director of the postgraduate programme, students may attend seminars offered in other postgraduate programmes within the Department or within the Faculty of Letters.
4. In parallel with the seminars, the Department runs regular research meetings (Colloquia), where members of staff, Ph.D. students and invited speakers present their research. Attendance and participation in the Colloquium are mandatory.
5. The M.A. dissertation in Modern Greek Studies carries the course code BMG 695.