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The Postcolonial ContemporaryPolitical Imaginaries for the Global Present$
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Jini Kim Watson and Gary Wilder

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823280063

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823280063.001.0001

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Neither Greek nor Indian: Space, Nation, and History in River of Fire and The Mermaid Madonna

Neither Greek nor Indian: Space, Nation, and History in River of Fire and The Mermaid Madonna

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(p.164) Seven: Neither Greek nor Indian: Space, Nation, and History in River of Fire and The Mermaid Madonna
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The Postcolonial Contemporary
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Sadia Abbas

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823280063.003.0008

This chapter presents a meditation on the idea of Europe, postcolonial nationalism, the ethnic cleansing, Phil and Neo-Hellenism, the Indian Partition, and the Greek-Turkish population transfer, through a reading of the use of ekphrasis (the verbal description of an aesthetic object) in Quratulain Hyder's Ag ka Darya and River of Fire and Stratis Myrivilis's The Mermaid Madonna. It argues for the necessity of recognizing the mutual constitution and "porosity" of Europe and Asia and, more generally, North Africa.

Keywords:   Europe, Greece, Myrivilis, nationalism, Partition, Qurratulain Hyder, refugees crisis, space

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