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Experiments on Puerile Nations or the Impossibility of Surpassing your Father: The case of Anglo-Greek dialogue

Tzanelli, R (2004) Experiments on Puerile Nations or the Impossibility of Surpassing your Father: The case of Anglo-Greek dialogue. National Identities, 6 (2). 107 - 122 . ISSN 1460-8944

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the dialogic construction of Greek national and British imperial identities. It examines the gendered language in which the Greeks and the British addressed each other in the 1860s and the 1870s. Drawing on Lacanian psychoanalysis, anthropology, studies of nationalism and post-colonial theory, it looks at the symbolic structure of Anglo-Greek cultural exchange. In this analysis, it is argued that the familial imageries both sides employed to describe themselves and/or each other were constitutive of the roles they had assumed in Anglo-Greek relations, but also part of the very process of Greek nation-building and British imperialism.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 12:21
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1460894042000201784
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/1460894042000201784
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43404

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