New Book by Maria Kaliambou: The Greek Revolution and the Greek Diaspora in the United States

September 25, 2023

Maria Kaliambou

July 2023 | ISBN 9781003378914 | 192 pages

This book examines the question of historical awareness within the Greek communities in the diaspora, adding a new perspective on the discussion about the Greek Revolution of 1821 by including the forgotten Greeks in the United States and Canada.

The purpose of this volume is to discuss the impact of the Greek Revolution as manifested in various discourses. It is celebrated by the Greek communities, taught in Greek schools, covered in the local newspapers. It is an inspiration for literary, artistic, and theatrical creations. The chapters reflect a broad range of disciplines (history, literature, art history, ethnology, and education), offering both historical and contemporary reflections. This volume produces new knowledge about the Greeks in the United States and Canada for the last 100 years.

The Greek Revolution and the Greek Diaspora in the United States will attract scholars, students, and public readers of Modern Greek Studies and Greek American Studies, as well as those interested in comparative history, diaspora and ethnic studies, memory studies, and cultural studies.

Maria Kaliambou is Senior Lector at the Hellenic Studies Program and teaches folklore and Modern Greek language. She earned her B.A. in History and Archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and her Ph.D. in Folklore Studies at the University of Munich, Germany. She held post-doctoral positions at the University Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 and in Princeton University. In 2006, her dissertation received the “Lutz Röhrich prize” in Germany as the best dissertation in oral literature, and in 2011 the European Commission elected her as “Erasmus Student Ambassador of Greece”. In 2006 she published her first book Home – Faith – Family: Transmission of Values in Greek Popular Booklets of Tales (1870-1970) (in German), and in 2015 The Routledge Modern Greek Reader. Greek Folktales for Learning Modern Greek, Routledge. She is currently working on her third book with the tentative title “The Book Culture of Greek Americans”. Her research focuses on the dialogue between folklore and book history, particularly in the diaspora. Also, she is interested in foreign language pedagogy, especially teaching Modern Greek. She is the Chair of the Modern Greek Special Interest Group at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

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