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090121 UE The Cultural Policy of the Metaxas Dictatorship (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 25.03. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 L3-05
Saturday 11.05. 12:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 L3-05
Saturday 25.05. 12:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 L3-05
Saturday 08.06. 12:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 L3-05
Saturday 15.06. 12:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 L3-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The module will deal with the cultural policy of the Fourth-of-August regime (1936-1941). Established by former General and royalist politician Ioannis Metaxas on 4 August 1936, the dictatorship has been described by art historians of modern Greece as the ‘Golden Age’ of state patronage. The aim of the course is to explore the cultural activities and initiatives undertaken or promoted by the dictator and by regime functionaries, in order to gain insight into what led to the above description. Culture-related policies will be discussed alongside relevant discourses produced by the dictatorship or by artists and intellectuals. Some of the questions to be addressed are: How did these discourses frame dictatorial policy on culture? What was the expressed or underlying rationale of state patronage under Metaxas? What were the main institutions and figures associated with cultural activity during the dictatorship? At the end of the course, students will have a grasp on the ideological context and the most significant cultural policies of the period, and will be able to comprehend the ways and reasons that culture and the arts were instrumentalised by an autocratic and repressive regime.

Assessment and permitted materials

Class participation, short presentations, final essay. The essay may be written in English or German.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Good command of English (particularly listening and reading skills) - ability to read Greek desirable but not necessary.

Examination topics

Reading list

Hering, G. (1996) ‘Aspekte der Kulturpolitik des Metaxas-Regimes (1936-1940)’ in Lauer, R. & Schreiner, P. (eds) Die Kultur Griechenlands in Mittelalter und Neuzeit. Bericht über das Kolloquium der Südosteuropa-Kommission 28-31.10.1992, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, pp. 285-321.
Petrakis, M. (2006) The Metaxas Myth: Dictatorship and Propaganda in Greece. LondonNew York: Tauris Academic Studies.
Soursos, N. (2015) Fotografie und Diktatur: Eine Untersuchung anhand der Diktaturen Ioannis Metaxas’ in Griechenland und Benito Mussolinis in Italien, Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Vienna, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.
Dimadis, K. A. (2016) Power and Prose Fiction in Modern Greece, Athens: Armos.

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