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Crisis, Exoticism and the Rediscovery of Greece

  • Dimitris TziovasEmail author
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Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Abstract

Greece has been rediscovered in different periods and various ways in the past. This chapter explores how the image of Greece has been constructed in the period of the crisis by placing it in the wider historical context of the successive rediscoveries of the country over the centuries. The first ‘discovery’ of Greece relied more on an imaginary and idealistic approach, the second on a historical one promoting the ideal of continuity, the third tended to be more pragmatic and material, praising the landscape and light of Greece and thus constructing the Zorba stereotype. These approaches are disentangled in order to understand how the crisis reactivated both the idealistic and critical attitudes to Greece and offered a mixture of idealism, stereotypes and exoticism.

Keywords

Philhellenism Exoticism Travel literature Stereotypes Idealism Cultural studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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