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Title: Giving an account of herself : life-writing in Maro Douka, Rea Galanaki and Margarita Karapanou
Author: Kotsovili, Eirini
ISNI:       0000 0004 2732 6078
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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This study examines three different types of life-writing (among them, a new sub genre labelled autopoliticography, a metafictional biography and a volume of published diaries), produced by three Greek women authors - Maro Douka, Rea Galanaki and Margarita Karapanou - after 1974. The thesis argues that all three represent samples of the evolution of women's writing and introduces gender-writing as a novelty expression. This new written expression centers on how notions of identity and gender are explored through the authorial use of the auto/biographical in Greek society as it was ushered into an era of political, civic and individual liberties after the end of the dictatorship years. More specifically, this study produces an analysis of selected works by the aforementioned authors - I Archea Skouria, Eleni, i 0 Kanenas, and I Zoi Einai Agrios Apithani - to illustrate facets of gender-writing and to reflect on the interpellations between female subject and collective in that period of Greek literature and history. The examined selections serve as different examples of an intertextual whole, displaying how a writer's text can serve as a medium for the presentation of an individual's relation to, and negotiation of organized politics, family, social and cultural norms and gender stereotypes. This suggests a new mode of existence which focuses inherently on self-determination and self-realization
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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