Tuesday 21 January 2020
Prompted by Jannis Psychopedis’ exhibition currently on view at the SNFCC, our series of lectures focusing on major Greek poets and their work through the eyes of a different distinguished speaker each month draws to a close.
Michalis Chryssanthopoulos on Andreas Embiricos
Michalis Chryssanthopoulos examines the poetics of Andreas Embiricos, highlighting two distinct paths evident in his work already in the 1930s: the practice of automatic writing employed in his poetry collection Blast Furnace, a landmark in Greek surrealist poetry, and the poetics of desire, based on the psychoanalytic theory.
We will trace the evolution of these two components in a work produced by the poet over four decades and published gradually, many years after his death. In this context, the utopian project of a subversive and at the same time sensuous writing style clearly emerges, masterfully conveyed in Andreas Embiricos’ poetry.
Michalis Chryssanthopoulos is professor of General and Comparative Literature, Literature Department, School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Simultaneous translation into the Greek Sign Language will be provided.