The Greek Idea
The Formation of National and Transnational IdentitieseBook - 2007
How do those living in diaspora form their own national and transnational identity? The Greek Idea offers a new critical paradigm from which to explore these identities. Drawing upon postcolonial theory, Maria Koundoura addresses and analyzes the cultural material that produced Greece's representation as both Europe's origin and "other". The long association of Greece and English Literature began with English travellers' "discovery" of Greece in the late-eighteenth century and the reinforcement of the myth which placed Greece as the location of Western culture. However Greece now finds itself on the boundary of a Europe which had originally placed it at the center. Koundoura maps what this dual representation signifies for Greeks, both national and diasporic. In doing so she touches on England, Greece, the United States, Australia and twentieth century diaspora cultures. For scholars of postcolonial, English, European, Balkan, Modern Greek, and Diaspora studies this fascinating contribution to the growing area of transnational culture studies opens up the critical discourse intheir field.
Publisher: London : Tauris Academic Studies, 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 214 pages)