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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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Recollecting a Life

Recollecting a Life

(p.224) Epilogue Recollecting a Life
Eva Palmer Sikelianos

Artemis Leontis

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that Eva Palmer Sikelianos's encounter with Greece offers a sense of just how complex the cultural terrain can be. Hellenism operates on an assimilative model. It is constantly absorbing new snippets of memory from many different cultures as if they were original to its existence. The process can set off conflicts between groups that vie to infuse the Greek past with their culture of knowledge. Indeed cultural interchange, appropriation, and the dominance of one group over another are imprinted in the history of the idea of Hellenism. The complexity increases when people such as Eva—endowed with the power of Western institutions and invested in the transcendence of the Greek past—meet living Greeks in the crucible of Greece and become enamored of the new Greece that they discover.

Keywords:   Eva Palmer Sikelianos, Greek culture, Hellenism

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