Project

The Hotel in Greece

Forthcoming Publication

The Greek Hotel in Greek and British Literature,
Hellenic Open University Press (HOUP)

Edited by Chryssa Marinou and Athanasios Dimakis

This collection of original essays examines the literary representations of the Greek hotel space in a period from the late nineteenth century until the late 1930s. The volume explores the hotel as a literary trope that expresses the experience of the modern subject placing emphasis on Greek hotels. The hotel as space will be shown to vacillate between the public and private sphere, hospitality and commercial services, temporary refuge and permanent homelessness, while subjects staying at hotels engage in impersonal relations yet temporarily escaping moral mandates. The dearth of peripheral lodgings and countryside inns, as well as the luxury of metropolitan hotels by and large respond to the tendencies of European modernity. The Greek and Anglophone texts that will be examined showcase hotel sojourns as dialectically bound to the zeitgeist of the period, and the collection aspires to explore both the critically neglected Greek hotel in literature and its persistent dialogue with its counterpart in European modernism.

Contributors (in alphabetical order):
Manolis Arkolakis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Centre for Medieval and Modern Hellenism, Academy of Athens
Anna Despotopoulou, Professor, English Literature and Culture, Department of English Language and Literature, NKUA
Athanasios Dimakis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of English Language and Literature, NKUA
Vassilis Letsios, Assistant Professor of Modern Greek Literature, Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Faculty Member, Ionian University, Greek Cultural Studies, Faculty Member, Hellenic Open University
Chryssa Marinou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of English Language and Literature, NKUA
Athina Markopoulou, PhD Student, Department of Modern Greek, NKUA
Efterpi Mitsi, Professor, English Literature and Culture, Department of English Language and Literature, NKUA
Eleni Papargyriou, Assistant Professor, Modern Greek Literature, Department of Philology, Faculty Member, University of Patras.

The volume is associated with HOTEMS, “Hotels and the Modern Subject: 1890-1940,” funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation.