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Colonial and Postcolonial Cyprus : Transportal Literatures of Empire, Nationalism, and Sectarianism

Nunziata, Daniele
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Published: November 17, 2020
ISBN: 9783030582357
297 pages, 1 Tables, color; 1 Illustrations, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; XXV, 297 p. 2
Country of publication: Switzerland


This book analyses colonial and postcolonial writing about Cyprus, before and after its independence from the British Empire in 1960. These works are understood as ‘transportal literatures’ in that they navigate the liminal and layered forms of colonialism which impede the freedom of the island, including the residues of British imperialism, the impact of Greek and Turkish nationalisms, and the ethnolinguistic border between north and south. This study puts pressure on the postcolonial discipline by evaluating the unique hegemonic relationship Cyprus has with three metropolitan centres, not one.

The print languages associated with each centre (English, Greek, and Turkish) are complicit in neo-colonial activity. Contemporary Cypriot writers address this in order to resist sectarian division and grapple with their deferred postcoloniality.

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