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By Gregory Nagy, Anna Stavrakopoulou

The essays amassed in sleek Greek Literature characterize the paintings of younger students as they extend the diversity of methods to fashionable Greek literature. The individuals fluctuate of their concentration from comparative reviews to the learn of faith or the literature of diaspora. The theoretical questions that the essays bring up deal with either vintage and modern debates, from style explorations to the connection among literature and nationwide identification. each one contribution to this quantity represents a clean examine Greek literature and opens a unique pathway for additional examine and attention. From this assortment will come up innumerable possibilities to realize a more recent and deeper knowing of a very good literary culture.

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That he could not call himself a Hellene while arguing about religion with a Jew demonstrates that the word was problematic in certain circumstances, but when he strove less to persuade by logical accuracy and more to convey rhetorical force, he called his countrymen Hellenes. However, we ought also to recognize that, in the two passages cited above, “Hellene” could refer both to his contemporaries and to his ancient, pre-Christian ancestors. He does not, after all, call his people simply “The Hellenes,” but “the last remnant of the Hellenes,” and it is not clear from the context whether the remnant is of something that still exists or of something that has already become something else.

Women’s voices and texts have long been silent in and absent from the modern Greek literary tradition. It is, then, heartening to note that critics have managed of late to unearth some early precursors of women’s writing as well as to devise paradigms more sensitive to the critical appreciation of later and contemporary women’s writing. Elisavet Moutzan-Martinengou’s My Story is one such text. ”13 Martinengou’s text does, indeed, stand apart for the boldness exhibited in writing about herself at a time when women’s writing was mainly limited to translation.

5 This aggravating circularity seems to plague the practice and discussion of autobiography—it provokes a blurring of cause and effect, reading and writing, experience and its narrativization. 6 The power of autobiography thus stems from its ability to reify the notion of authority and its concomitant claims to truth, power, and the primacy of experience only in order to identify them as illusions. To put it another way, autobiography seems to establish the contours of subjectivity and authority only in order to locate the possibility for their transgression.

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