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Bibliography on Greek America (2020)

Yiorgos Anagnostou

1. Academic Publications, in English

(Books)

Barron, James H. 2020. The Greek Connection: The Life of Elias Demetracopoulos and the Untold Story of Watergate. Melville House.

Beck, Ann Flesor. 2020. Sweet Greeks: First-Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland. University of Illinois Press.

Giakoumis, Peter S. 2020. Forgotten Heroes of The Balkan Wars: Greek Americans and Philhellenes of 1912-1913. Independently Published.

Kitroeff, Alexander. 2020. The Greek Orthodox Church in America: A Modern History. Northern Illinois University Press.

Scourby, Alice. 2020. The Vanishing Greek Americans: A Crisis of Identity. Rivervale, N.J.: Attica Editions.

Soumakis, Fevronia K. and Theodore G. Zervas eds. 2020. Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways. Palgrave Macmillan.

2. Academic Publications, in English

(Articles, Book Chapters)

Ball, Eric L. 2020. “Refrain: Notes on Crafting Music.” Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore 46 (1-2): 34–39.

Balodimas-Bartolomei, Angelyn. 2020. “Breaking the Traditional Greek School Mold: The Case of the Aristotle GSL Program.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 101–128. Palgrave Macmillan.

Balodimas-Bartolomei, Angelyn and Gregory A. Katsas. 2020. “Promoting Heritage, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity in Diasporic Communities: The Case of the Heritage Greece Program.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 155–173. Palgrave Macmillan.

Delikonstantinidou, Aikaterini. 2020. “Socrates Now or the Apology Project: From Greek Roots to Transnational Routes.” Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media, issue 4. [LINK]

Since the 1980s, Greek American theatre practitioners have been making their presence increasingly felt in the theatre and performing arts landscape of the United States (U.S.). Their work evinces that Greek American theatre has come a long way from the Modern Greek Diaspora theatre, which began in Chicago at the end of the nineteenth century and flourished in several U.S. cities during the interwar period. The motives, springboards, and driving forces of contemporary Greek American theatre are markedly different from those underpinning the work of early agents of Greek American theatre in the U.S., whether individual practitioners, troupes, or companies. The aim now is not to serve the ethnic imperatives of cultivating the Greek language, spreading Greek culture, and staying in close contact with the ancestral roots. Instead of serving the centripetal forces of Greek history and tradition, as well as the idea(l)s of ethnic identity and belonging, the latest works of Greek American theatre artists are animated by the centrifugal energy of the desire for a reconfigured transnational and transcultural selfhood. Their commitments lie more squarely than ever before with extroversion, movement, mixture, and interaction. The present paper discusses Yannis Simonides’ Socrates Now (or The Apology Project) as an illustrative example of the new directions Greek American theatre has embarked upon in the last few decades. It places special emphasis on what this work reveals about the emerging trends in Greek American theatre’s reception of the Greek classics—the latter being the erstwhile core of Greek American theatrical activity in the U.S. We argue that Simonides’ Socrates Now offers an alternative understanding of Greek American theatre and (its) classical reception praxis by acting upon the will to assemble a viable and generative, performing and performable, Greekness from heterogeneous formal and conceptual elements, in line with an ethic that we shall call, after Vassilis Lambropoulos (2016), transcompositional.

Dounia, Margarita. 2020. “Transnational Practices and Emotional Belonging among Early 20th-Century Greek Migrants in the United States.” Genealogy 4 (90): 1–20.

Georgakas, Dan. 2020. “Foreword.” Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways. In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. vii–xiv. Palgrave Macmillan.

Kaliambou, Maria. 2020. “The First Schoolbooks for Greek American Children.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 41–70. Palgrave Macmillan.

Kamaras, Antonis. 2020. “Renewing Diaspora Studies in Greece: A Research Agenda,” Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), June 30. [LINK]

Kourelis, Kostis. 2020. “Three Elenis: Archaeologies of the Greek American Village Home.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 38 (1): 85–108.

Greek migration to the United States in the period 1890–1924 produced two interdependent domestic environments, the Greek towns of urban America and the remittance villages of rural Greece. Both spaces experienced decline, abandonment, and demolition during the mid-twentieth century, which erased a unique spatial duality maintained across continents by material goods. With the progressive passing of Greek American lived memories, archaeology must take on the challenge of reconstructing the immigrant lifeworlds that are now a century old. Using the family histories of three contemporary Greek Americans, we explore how village houses can illuminate the bridging of transnational distances. We study the house careers of three Elenis from the Peloponnese, Epirus, and Central Greece. Each case study explores the materialities of a relationship between today's Greek Americans and their lost familial domestic relics.

Kourelis, Kostis and David Pettegrew. 2020. “The Greek Communities of Harrisburg and Lancaster: A Study of Immigration, Residence, and Mobility in the City Beautiful Era Pennsylvania.” History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 87 (1). Special Issue: Harrisburg, Digital Public History, and the “City Beautful” (Winter): 66–91.

Harrisburg’s urban reformers promised better housing and living conditions for all the city's residents, but the demolition of the Old Eighth Ward and the construction of more expensive housing between 1910 and 1930 made it harder for new Greek immigrants to make a living and a home in the city. This article compares demographic and geospatial data for Greek immigrant communities in Harrisburg and neighboring Lancaster to highlight the different challenges and opportunities of Greek communities during the era of City Beautiful.

Leontis, Artemis. 2020. “George Economou’s Invented Ethnicity.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, February 17. [LINK]

Matsumoto, Naka. 2020. “Social Relationships in Diverse Neighborhoods: Immigration and Gentrification in an Ethnic Enclave.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, October 7. [LINK]

While diversity is considered a condition for just and thriving neighborhoods and cities, planners often face challenges in creating and maintaining such neighborhoods, ensuring they remain inclusive. This article examines the social relationships of an aging ethnic enclave undergoing diversification through influxes of immigrants and young professionals. Field research conducted in Greektown in Baltimore revealed “symbolic relationships” across diverse resident groups that were derived from previous group experiences, cultural heritage, and self-identification. These inter-group symbolic relationships can serve as a foundation for the coexistence of diverse groups of residents and have the potential to foster collaboration among such groups.

Mattheoudakis, Marina. 2020. “An American and Greek Language Integrated Curriculum for a Dual Language Immersion Program: The Case of Odyssey Charter School.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 129–154. Palgrave Macmillan.

Soumakis, Fevronia K. 2020. “Introduction.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 1–8. Palgrave Macmillan.

Soumakis, Fevronia K. 2020. “Greek Orthodox Education: Challenges and Adaptations in New York City Schools.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 9–40. Palgrave Macmillan.

Theodoropoulou, Irene. 2020. “Speech Style as Political Capital: Barack Obama’s Athens Speech.” Journal of Multicultural Discourses, DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2020.1800715

This paper provides a speech stylistic analysis of Barack Obama’s 2016 Athens speech, and it argues for a culturally conscious take on speech style, which links it to the accumulation of political capital, at least in the context of political speeches. With a focus on stance and intertextuality, the main argument put forward is that Obama constructs a dialogue with Ancient Greek thought, which does not simply draw on experiences and events; rather, it recreates them and, eventually, it creates a whole understanding of cultural politics. Against this take on politics based heavily on Greek democracy legacy, for Obama, his performance serves as his consignment to the global political discourse through an effort to join a very well established and highly respected democratic tradition stemming from (Ancient) Greece, whose sociocultural impact is felt vividly in contemporary US. In this sense, his accumulation of political capital serves as his effort to achieve posthumous fame (ysterofimia) after his stepping down from the US administration.

Zervas, Theodore G. 2020. “Conclusion: When We Were Greek Americans.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 175–183. Palgrave Macmillan.

Zervas, Theodore G. 2020. “Considering the ‘Socratic Method’ When Teaching the Odyssey and Iliad at the Socrates and Koraes Greek American Schools.” In Educating Greek Americans: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Pathways, Fevronia K. Soumakis and Theodore G. Zervas eds., pp. 71–100. Palgrave Macmillan.


3. Publications, in Greek

(Articles, Books, Book Chapters, Book Reviews, Essays, Journal Special Issues)

Αναγνώστου, Γιώργος. 2020. «Black Lives Matter: Ελληνοαμερικανικές τοποθετήσεις, διεθνικές κατευθύνσεις». Σύγχρονα Θέματα, Τεύχος 149.

Δημακόπουλος, Γιώργος και Αριστοτέλης Παπανικολάου. 2020. «Συστημικός ρατσισμός και η λάθος πλευρά της ιστορίας». Δημόσια Ορθοδοξία, 4 Ιουνίου, [LINK] (πρόσβαση, 24 Ιουνίου, 2020).

Πιπέρης Νικόλαος, και Σταύρος Πιπέρης. 2020. «‘Πλήρης και Απόλυτη Στήριξη.’ Απάντηση στο Κείμενο για την ‘Λάθος Πλευρά της Ιστορίας’». Δημόσια Ορθοδοξία, 24 Ιουνίου, [LINK] (πρόσβαση, 24 Ιουνίου, 2020).

Τουργέλη, Γιώτα. 2020. «Οι Μπρούκληδες: Έλληνες μετανάστες στην Αμερική και μετασχηματισμοί στις κοινότητες καταγωγής, 1890–1940». Εθνικό Κέντρο Κοινωνικών Ερευνών. [LINK]

This historical study examines the role that Greek immigrants in the United States played in the economic, social and cultural transformation of their communities of origin between the late 19th century and the outbreak of World War II. It highlights the ways and the means through which, as well as the sectors in and the extent to which, rural populations in Greek villages communicated with their migrant communities and were also influenced by their transatlantic mobility and by economic, material and cultural flows. Drawing on the growing academic literature on “transnational social fields” and “social remittances” it describes the transnational social space which was created between Greek agrarian provinces and American cities through translocal contacts and transborder exchanges maintained by migrants and non-migrants and facilitated by social networks, hometown associations and the technology of the era. The book analyzes systematically the economic, social and cultural impacts of migration in their home communities as well as in the urban cities in which many of the returnees settled. At the same time, it explores the power asymmetries that largely determined the scope of transformations, the negotiation strategies and the ruptures that occurred in the transnational field connecting migrants with non-migrants.

4. Academic Reviews and Review Essays

(Books, Documentaries, Films)

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2020. “Italian/American Studies: Interrogations, Interventions, Intersections.” Review Essay of Anthony Julian Tamburri, Editor. Interrogations into Italian-American Studies. The Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation Lectures. Bordighera Press. 2020. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. February 7. [LINK]

–– –– –– –– ––. 2020. “‘The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960’: Regional History, Community, Scholarship.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters May 23. [LINK]

Gekas, Sakis. 2020. Review of Kostis Karpozilos (Kωστής Καρπόζηλος), Κόκκινη Αμερική. Έλληνες μετανάστες και το όραμα ενός Νέου Κόσμου 1900-1950 [Red America: Greek Immigrants and the Vision of a New World 1900-1950]. Ηράκλειο: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης. 2017. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. January 17. [LINK]

Grafos, Christopher. 2020. Review of George Kaloudis, Modern Greece and the Diaspora Greeks in the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018. 233 pp. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 38 (1): 243–45.

Karakatsanis, Leonidas. 2020. Review of Christos Kassimeris, Greece and the American Embrace: Greek Foreign Policy Towards Turkey, the US, and the Western Alliance. London and New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers. 2010; and Zenovia Lialoute. (Ζηνοβία Λιαλούτη). Ο Αντιαμερικανισμός στην Ελλάδα 1947-1989 (Anti-Americanism in Greece 1947-1989). Athens: Ekdoseis Asini. 2016. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. May 20. [LINK]

Pula, James S. 2020. Review of Peter C. Moskos and Charles C. Moskos, Greek Americans: Struggle and Success. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. 2014. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. June 11. [LINK]

Stamatis, Yona. 2020. Review of Tina Bucuvalas, Editor. Greek Music in America. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2019. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. February 10. [LINK]

Tragaki, Dafni. 2020. Review of Tina Bucuvalas, Editor. Greek Music in America. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2019. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 38 (2): 568–71.

Piperoglou, Andonis. 2020. “Transnational Migrants: A Reappraisal of Ioanna Laliotou’s Transatlantic Subjects.” Review Essay of Ioanna Laliotou, Transatlantic Subjects: Acts of Migration and Cultures of Transnationalism Between Greece and America. Chicago: Chicago University Press. 2004. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. May 30. [LINK]

Tricarico, Donald. 2020. Review of Alice Scourby, The Vanishing Greek Americans: A Crisis of Identity. Rivervale, N.J.: Attica Editions. Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. November 11. [LINK]

5. Essays

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2020. “Migrant Letters: Building a Greek/American Archive.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. January 5. [LINK]

–– –– –– –– ––. 2020. “Greek America in the Pandemic: Entangling Home and Homeland in the Media,” Seesox, South East European Studies at Oxford. June 23. [LINK]

–– –– –– –– ––. 2020. “Those of Us, The Other Diaspora Collective,” Dispatches from Quarantine, October 12. [LINK]

Bakken, Christopher and Yiorgos Anagnostou. 2020. “George Economou: Four Tributes.” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. February 17. [LINK]

Kitroeff, Alexander. 2020. “Greek America & Greece During Global Crises.” Seesox, South East European Studies at Oxford. May 28. [LINK]

Kitroeff, Alexander. 2020. “Ship Jumpers: An Unspoken Chapter of Greek Immigration to the United States.” The Pappas Post, April 16. [LINK]

Lambropoulos, Vassilis. 2020. “What is Transnational about Greek American Culture?” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. February 17. [LINK]

6. Memoirs/Autobiography

Eleftheriou, Joanna. 2020. This Way Back. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.

7. Bibliographies

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2020. “Greek Americans – Black Americans: A Bibliography,” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, September 4. [LINK]

–– –– –– –– –– . 2020. “English and Greek-Language Bibliography on Greek America (2019),” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, January 5. [LINK]

8. Academic Editorials, Position Papers, Viewpoints

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2020. “Greek American Youth: Multiplying Routes to Hellenism as Cultural Policy.” American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues, 11 (Spring). [LINK]

–– –– –– –– ––. 2020. “Greek Americans, Black Americans: Toward Greek American Citizenship.” The Pappas Post, June 15. Accessed July 15. [LINK]

–– –– –– –– ––. 2020. “Fear Then, Action Now: A Response to ‘Full and Understanding Support.’” Public Orthodoxy, July 27. Accessed July 27. [LINK]

–– –– –– –– ––. 2020. “Diaspora Studies Calling.”Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, October 7 . [LINK]

Demacopoulos, George, and Aristotle Papanikolaou. 2020. “Orthodox Christianity, Systemic Racism, and the Wrong Side of History.” Public Orthodoxy, June 4. Accessed July 5. [LINK]

Larigakis, Nick. 2020. “Biden or Trump: Does it Make a Difference for U.S. Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean?” NEO Magazine, October 21. [LINK]

Piperis Nikolaos and Stavros Piperis. 2020. “‘Full and Understanding Support’: A Response to ‘The Wrong Side of History.” Public Orthodoxy, June 24. Accessed July 2. [LINK]


Editor’s Note: If your published work falls under any of the above categories, and you do not see it in this bibliography send complete bibliographic information to anagnostou.1@osu.edu