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Title: As handsome as a Greek : the reception and creative appropriation of Federico García Lorca in Modern Greek poetry (1933-1986)
Author: Rosenberg, Anna
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis examines the relationship between Federico Garda Lorca and Modern Greek poetry as witnessed during the period 1933 to 1986. Exploring Lorca's vast popularity in Greece and arguing for his Hellenization, it is divided into two parts relating to reception and creative appropriation respectively. The first part deals with three forms of reception: translations, criticism, and poetic tributes to Lorca. Translations of his work, with a particular focus on poetry, and critical attention Lorca the poet and person received, are discussed in view of the social, political, and ideological context of the period 1933-1986. Poetic tributes, mainly inspired by Lorca's death at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, are also examined as an integral part of his importation and accommodation in the Greek context. The second part of this thesis explores the ways four major Greek poets, Odysseus Ely tis, Nikos Gatsos, Yiannis Ritsos, and Nikos Engonopoulos creatively appropriated elements of Lorca's poetry in their own work. These poets sought to forge their national and literary identity through renegotiating their relationship with Greek tradition and contemporary artistic and ideological European movements, especially Surrealism. In Lorca, they found inspirational means of addressing these preoccupations. This thesis follows the uninterrupted trajectory of Lorca in Greece offering at the same time a new perspective on Modern Greek poetry. A diachronic examination of the interconnection between the various forms of response to Lorca demonstrates that the Spanish writer played a decisive role in the development of Modern Greek poetry.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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