Conversing Identities: Encounters Between British, Irish and by Konstantina Georganta

By Konstantina Georganta

Conversing Identities: Encounters among British, Irish and Greek Poetry, 1922-1952 presents a landscape of cultures introduced in discussion via shuttle, immigration and translation set opposed to the insularity imposed by means of conflict and the hegemony of the nationwide centre within the interval 1922-1952. every one bankruptcy tells a narrative inside of a selected time and house that hooked up the demanding situations and fissures skilled in cultures with the aim to discover how the post-1922 accentuated mobility throughout frontiers came upon a suitable expression within the paintings of the poets into consideration. both prompted through their real commute to Britain or Greece or divided of their a variety of allegiances and reactions to nationwide or imperial sovereignty, the poets tested explored the chances of a metaphorical diasporic experience of belonging in the multicultural city and created personae to point the strain on the touch of the outdated and the hot, the hypocritical parody of combined breeds and the necessity for contemporary heroes to prevent nationwide or gendered stereotypes. the most coordinates have been the nationwide voices of W.B. Yeats and Kostes Palamas, T.S. Eliot's multilingual outlook as an Anglo-American métoikos, C.P. Cavafy's view as a Greek of the diaspora, displaced William Plomer's portrayal of Thirties Athens, Demetrios Capetanakis' trip to the British city, John Lehmann's antithetical trip eastward, in addition to Louis MacNeice's advanced loyalties to a countrywide identification and feel of belonging as an Irish classicist, translator and traveler.

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371). The “loss of self in images” in Baudelaire rendered the experiences they purported to capture “unreal” and left the reader with the impression that any 44 Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil, trans. James McGowan, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, xxv. 45 Equally lost in images, the unreal city over the mountains sought by Eliot is not a challenge for the eyes to look forward and over the decayed hole but an exercise for the ear to hear from time to time backwards as it were. This could explain why we never encounter a forward motion in The Waste Land yet we have a gamut of motions windward (l.

2: The Times, “Smyrna in Flames – Vivid accounts have reached this country of the terrible plight of the 100,000 inhabitants of fire-swept Smyrna, which, it is reported, can hardly escape destruction. A view of the ancient seaport, which was captured from the Greeks last Saturday by Turkish Nationalist forces under Kemal. Warships of the Powers are standing by to help take away refugees” (16 September 1922). ”74 Mr Eugenides is identified as the mediator between the currants and the sight draft, the first linking the situation in Smyrna with the 73 On the currency of language being devalued at the same time as the language of currency, see Randall Stevenson, “1916, Flanders, London, Dublin: ‘Everything Has Gone Well’”, in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English, eds Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006, 35-47.

Ronald Bush, “A Response to Ronald Schuchard”, Modernism/Modernity, X/1 (January 2003), 34; James Longenbach, “A Response to Ronald Schuchard”, Modernism/Modernity, X/1 (January 2003), 50. For the opposite reaction, see Anthony Julius, “A Response to Ronald Schuchard”, Modernism/Modernity, X/1 (January 2003), 41-47. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound”, in Between ‘Race’ and Culture: Representations of ‘the Jew’ in English and American Literature, ed. S. Eliot and Prejudice, 36-38, for the view that Eliot is satirizing “protections, instincts, suspicions, and prejudicial names” (37).

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