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The poetics of colonization : from city to text in archaic Greece / Carol Dougherty.

By: Dougherty, Carol.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993Description: x, 209 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780195083996 (hbk: acidfree paper); 0195083997 (acidfree paper).Subject(s): Greek literature -- History and criticism | Cities and towns -- Greece -- Historiography | Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- To 1500 | Literature and history -- Greece | City and town life in literature | Poetics -- History -- To 1500 | Imperialism in literature | Colonies in literature | Rhetoric, Ancient | Greece -- Colonies -- HistoriographyDDC classification: 880.9321732 DOU Summary: Tales of archaic Greek city foundations continue to be told and retold long after the colonies themselves were settled, and this book explores how the ancient Greeks constructed their memory of founding new cities overseas. Greek stories about colonizing Sicily or the Black Sea in the seventh century B.C.E. are no more transparent, no less culturally constructed than nineteenth-century British tales of empire in India or Africa; they are every bit as much about power, language, and cultural appropriation. This book brings anthropological and literary theory to bear on the narratives that later Greeks tell about founding colonies and the processes through which the colonized are assimilated into the familiar story-lines, metaphors, and rituals of the colonizers. The distinctiveness and the universality of the Greek colonial representations are explored through explicit comparison with later European narratives of new world settlement.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-200) and indexes.

Tales of archaic Greek city foundations continue to be told and retold long after the colonies themselves were settled, and this book explores how the ancient Greeks constructed their memory of founding new cities overseas. Greek stories about colonizing Sicily or the Black Sea in the seventh century B.C.E. are no more transparent, no less culturally constructed than nineteenth-century British tales of empire in India or Africa; they are every bit as much about power, language, and cultural appropriation. This book brings anthropological and literary theory to bear on the narratives that later Greeks tell about founding colonies and the processes through which the colonized are assimilated into the familiar story-lines, metaphors, and rituals of the colonizers. The distinctiveness and the universality of the Greek colonial representations are explored through explicit comparison with later European narratives of new world settlement.

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