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Eva Palmer SikelianosA Life in Ruins$
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Artemis Leontis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171722

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171722.001.0001

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(p.41) Chapter 2 Weaving
Eva Palmer Sikelianos

Artemis Leontis

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores Eva Palmer Sikelianos's fascinating shift from one stage to another as she left behind the fashion-conscious performance world of her Sapphic circle to try out a new role in Greek society. It does so by returning to Paris to observe her first attempts at weaving fabric for the Greek costumes of Equivoque. It retraces her entry into Greece, paying close attention to multiple levels of change: her attachment to Penelope, courtship with Angelos, decision to abandon Western dress, creation of new materials and techniques for dressing herself, performance of the role of wife and mother, and the gradual widening of her frame of interest and testing of nationalist ideologies. Eva's way into Greece was definitely her own; at the same time, it is representative of the way that certain Western women of Eva's era and class broached Greece differently from men.

Keywords:   Eva Palmer Sikelianos, Greek society, Paris, weaving, Greece

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