Appropriating the Ottoman Past in Three Novels: Greek-Turkish Friendship, Nostalgia, and Religious Coexistence

  • Trine Stauning Willert
Part of the Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe book series (MOMEIDSEE)


Chapter  6 analyses three Greek historical novels published in 2004, 2005, and 2008, all of which deal with Greece’s Ottoman legacy in ways that challenge hitherto prevalent perceptions of this legacy. The chapter highlights the novels’ use of non-Greek protagonists as a means to develop a less ethnocentric historical consciousness yet without losing the devotion to Greek language and culture. The novels adopt nostalgia and friendship as literary tropes to create emotional engagement and cultural intimacy with a side of the Greek past that has been hitherto ignored or denounced. As the plots are all set in the late Ottoman period, modernization, Europeanization, and nationalism play a central role and point to evaluations of the contemporary epoch.


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  • Trine Stauning Willert
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  1. 1.Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek StudiesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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