Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture by Dimitris TziovasRe-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture by Dimitris Tziovas

Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture

EditorDimitris Tziovas

Hardcover | July 12, 2014

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Antiquity has often been perceived as the source of Greece's modern achievements, as well as its frustrations, with the continuity between ancient and modern Greek culture and the legacy of classical Greece in Europe dominating and shaping current perceptions of the classical past.By moving beyond the dominant perspectives on the Greek past, this edited volume shifts attention to the ways this past has been constructed, performed, (ab)used, Hellenized, canonized, and ultimately decolonized and re-imagined. For the contributors, re-imagining the past is an opportunity tocritically examine and engage imaginatively with various approaches. Chapters explore both the role of antiquity in texts and established cultural practices and its popular, material and everyday uses, charting the transition in the study of the reception of antiquity in modern Greek culture from anemphasis on the continuity of the past to the recognition of its diversity.Incorporating a number of chapters which adopt a comparative perspective, the volume re-imagines Greek antiquity and invites the reader to look at the different uses and articulations of the past both in and outside Greece, ranging from literature to education, and from politics tophotography.
Dimitris Tziovas is Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham.
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Title:Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pagesPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019967275X

ISBN - 13:9780199672752

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsNotes on Contributors1. Dimitris Tziovas: Introduction: decolonizing antiquity, heritage politics and performing the pastPart I: Antiquity, Greece, and Europe2. Anastasia Stouraiti: Collecting the past: Greek antiquaries and archaeological knowledge in the Venetian Empire3. Roderick Beaton: Re-imagining Greek antiquity in 1821: Shelley's Hellas in its literary and political context4. Alexandra Lianeri: A syncretic antiquity in translation: polis and political modernity in conflict in nineteenth-century Greek AntigonesPart II: Hellenisms, Institutions, and Politics5. Tassos A. Kaplanis: Antique names and self-identification: Hellenes, Graikoi and Romaioi from late Byzantium to the Greek nation-state6. Peter Mackridge: The Christian Hellenism and linguistic archaism of Neofytos Doukas7. Vangelis Karamanolakis: The University of Athens and Greek antiquity (1837-1937)8. Alexander Kazamias: Antiquity as cold war propaganda: the political uses of the classical past in post-civil war GreecePart III: Material Culture and Performance9. Dimitris Plantzos: Dead archaeologists, buried gods: archaeology as an agent of modernity in Greece10. Eleana Yalouri: In the spirit of matter: re-connecting to antiquity in the Greek present11. Katerina Zacharia: Postcards from Metaxas' Greece: the uses of classical antiquity in tourism photography12. Eleni Papazoglou: Between texts and contexts: moderns against ancients in the reception of ancient tragedy in Greece (1900-1933)Part IV: Literary Receptions of Antiquity13. Gonda Van Steen: Sin and the City: a mid-fifteenth-century lament for the fall of Athens to the 'Persians'14. David Ricks: Lucretian moments in modern Greek poetry15. Gunnar de Boel: Rethinking the Greek Legacy: Dorians in modern Greek fiction16. Marinos Pourgouris: Yannis Ritsos, Marxist dialectics and the re-imagining of Ancient Greece17. Dimitris Tziovas: The wound of history: Ritsos and the reception of Philoctetes18. Rowena Fowler: Plato, Seferis and Heaney: poetry as redressPart V: Greek Culture and Classical Reception19. Lorna Hardwick: Exceptionalities and paradigms: ancient and modern Greek culture in classical reception researchBibliographyIndex