Greece in British Women's Literary Imagination, 1913–2013 ed. by Eleni Papargyriou, Semele Assinder, and David Holton

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This edited collection sets out to chart a distinct shift in British women's writing about Greece in the twentieth century. The shift from the imaginative or allegorical possibilities of engaging with Greece and its classical past, to an interest in more contemporary history, politics and, romance, is thoroughly evidenced throughout the chapters. The introduction offers an overview of the Hellas/Greece divide, charting familiar territory on key figures such as Jane Ellen Harrison and Virginia Woolf, to how the waning importance of the classics as a benchmark for culture and civilization led to learning Ancient Greek or travelling to Greece no longer carrying the same kind of exceptional cultural cachet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-452
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Modern Greek Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019


  • British women's writing
  • twentieth century
  • Greece

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