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Thursday, 15 February 2018

NIKI MARANGOU: CYPRUS, FEMALE VOICE AND MEMORY; King's College, London, 26 February, 2018


King's College, London, part of the Modern Greek Studies seminar series.

Location Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building Strand, 26/02/2018 (17:30-19:00)

This event is open to all and free to attend. No booking is required.

A seminar with Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London)

"This talk will present the results of the workshop ‘Niki Marangou: Cyprus, female voice and memory’ organised in collaboration with the British School at Athens in September 2017, as part of the project The Life and Work of Niki Marangou (1948-2013). After making an overview of the work and life of Marangou, the talk will focus on her last novel Gezoul, which deals with the life of Teresa Makri, Lord Byron’s famous ‘Maid of Athens’. Marangou treated history and fiction in a distinct way, which was informed by modern discussions about female writing, trauma and narrative, but also by the world and form of the folktale. A highly intertextual writer who used a seemingly naïve expression and simple form, she viewed, as she said, the Hellenic horizon ‘from its most extreme eastern edge’, and through it the whole world: boundless and at the same time circumscribed, like the ‘unimaginable garden’ of loss and sensuality of her poem ‘Roses’."

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