History and National Ideology in Greek Postmodernist Fiction
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ISBN-13:
9781611475944
Seiten:
228
Autor:
Gerasimus Katsan
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book examines Greek postmodernist fiction through the lens of history, national ideology and constructions of identity. It argues that postmodernist Greek writers question the idea of national identity based on both the impact of globalization and a reexamination of the discourses of national ideology; they suggest a turn away from the traditional concerns with cultural homogeneity towards an acceptance of multiplicity and diversity, which is reflected through experimentation with postmodernist literary techniques.
History and National Ideology in Greek Postmodernist Fiction investigates the ways postmodernist literary techniques have been adopted by Greek authors. Taking into consideration the global impetus of postmodernism, the book examines its local implications. Framed by a discussion of major postmodernist thinkers, the book argues for the ability of local cultures to retain their uniqueness in the face of globalization while at the same time adapting to the new global situation. The combination of external global influences and the specific internal concerns of Greek national literature makes the emergence of postmodernism in Greece distinctive from that of other national contexts. The book engages in larger theoretical debates about the “crisis” of national identity in the context of postmodern globalization and the resurgence of nationalist ideology either as a response to globalization or the exigencies of historical events. This crisis has been brought on in part by the very postmodernist and poststructuralist questioning of the ideologies upon which nation-states construct themselves. The central argument of the book is that postmodernist Greek writers question the idea of national identity based on both the impact of globalization and a reexamination of the discourses of national ideology: they suggest a turn away from the traditional concerns with cultural homogeneity towards an acceptance of multiplicity and diversity, which is reflected through experimentation with postmodernist literary techniques. Consequently, the unifying idea of this book is “national identity” as it is reconfigured in recent contemporary novels. My analysis incorporates the view that metafiction is a “borderline” or “marginal” discourse that exists on the boundary between fiction and criticism. The book illuminates the connections between the formal concerns of contemporary authors and the larger debates and philosophical underpinnings of postmodernism in general.
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Historiographic Metafiction and Greek Postmodernism
Metafiction and Postmodernity
Global Postmodernity: Greek Postmodernism and the Problem of National Identity
2. Postmodern Exile: Identity and National Ideology
Protopostmodernism: Axioti and the Landscape of Memory
Migrant Laborer as Emergent Intellectual: Dimitris Hatzis
Life as Film: Alki Zei
The Explosion of the Text: Mimika Kranaki
3. The Politics of Remembering: Confession, Testimony and Ideology
History Mocked Us: The Fragmentary Testimonies of Thanassis Valtinos
Ideology Power and Identity in Alexandrou, Puig and Rushie
Tracking Ghosts: Vassilis Gouroyiannis
Experiment and Identity: The Silverweed Blooms
4. Metafiction and the Postmodern (Auto)Biographical Novel
Parodies of Fictional Biography
History, Myth and Identity
5. Content or Form? Experimental and Conservative Approaches
The Way We Live Now: Sotiropoulou and Contemporary Social Criticism
Epilogue: The End[s] of Postmodernism
The New Cosmopolitanism and the Newer Nationalism
Belated Postmodernity and Anesthetic Culture
Bibliography
Index
About the Author