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Writing the catastrophe: nostalgia and its histories in Cyprus

Bryant, Rebecca (2008) Writing the catastrophe: nostalgia and its histories in Cyprus. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 26 (2). pp. 399-422. ISSN 0738-1727

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Identification Number: 10.1353/mgs.0.0029


The writings of four Cypriot village women provide a window on local intimacies of nationalisms. Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot women from a formerly mixed town describe their lives before the conflicts of 1964 and 1974, utilizing nostalgia as a longing for the homeland. While these women partake of official histories in structuring their own narratives, they do so in ways that create particular sensibilities of belonging, ones that also take on an exclusive character. Moreover, insofar as nostalgia may be seen as a longing to belong, it may take on both a retrospective and a prospective character, leading not only to visions of lost homelands but also of homelands yet to be realized.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 by The Johns Hopkins University Press
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 15:40
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:46

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