Colonial and Postcolonial Cyprus

Transportal Literatures of Empire, Nationalism, and Sectarianism

Authors: Nunziata, Daniele

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  • Analyses travel writing concerning Cyprus from the late-nineteenth century to present
  • Explores stylistic shifts in the nineteenth century from British colonial travelogues to the emergence of refugee narratives and anti-colonial writing
  • Offers a background to the history and literature of Cyprus, placing it in context with the rest of the decolonising world
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This book analyses colonial and postcolonial writing about Cyprus, before and after its independence from the British Empire in 1960. These works are understood as ‘transportal literatures’ in that they navigate the liminal and layered forms of colonialism which impede the freedom of the island, including the residues of British imperialism, the impact of Greek and Turkish nationalisms, and the ethnolinguistic border between north and south. This study puts pressure on the postcolonial discipline by evaluating the unique hegemonic relationship Cyprus has with three metropolitan centres, not one. The print languages associated with each centre (English, Greek, and Turkish) are complicit in neo-colonial activity. Contemporary Cypriot writers address this in order to resist sectarian division and grapple with their deferred postcoloniality.

About the authors

Dr Daniele Nunziata is a Lecturer in English Literature at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK. His research on postcolonial literature has been published in numerous journals (including PMLA and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing) and in the Columbia University Press series, Studies in World Literature. He is a contributor to Writers Make Worlds.

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‘The colonial history of Cyprus – a partitioned island in a partitioned world – is as often misunderstood as it is forgotten. Yet, as this timely book shows, this fraught history has much to offer postcolonial studies, not least as a catalyst for the ‘transportal’ literature with which contemporary Cypriot writers, amidst continuing geopolitical pressures, seek imaginative openings to a more fully decolonized, less ideologically polarized world.’ — Professor Graham Huggan, University of Leeds, UK

‘Daniele Nunziata brilliantly investigates the close postcolonial parallels and yet specific local divergences between partitioned Cyprus in the later decades of the twentieth century, and the wider postcolonial and post-independence world. His analysis adapts and refines insights from postcolonial and world literature theoretical frameworks to shed illuminating light on Cypriot writing, while at the same time demonstrating the connectedness of this literature to the writing of other postcolonial nations including South Africa, India and Pakistan.’ — Professor Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, UK

'Cyprus is a particularly charged political and imaginative environment: once a British colony, now partitioned and caught between Greek and Turkish influence. In this context, writing in English has had a complex and evolving role: at first the medium of colonial oppression, English is now one of the languages of the island, to some extent a neutral tongue, and a language of opportunity, though still bearing traces of its imperialist past. The texts written in or translated into English which Daniele Nunziata explores, from Victorian travellers like Esmé Scott-Stevenson, through to mid-twentieth century figures like Lawrence Durrell and Costas Montis, to contemporary Cypriot writers like Yiannis Papadakis and Nora Nadjarian, reveal surprising continuities as well as striking divergences and fractures. As he explores them, Nunziata develops an argument which (like the case of Cyprus itself) has much to offer the overlapping fields of postcolonial studies, translation studies, and comparative and world literature.'

- Professor Matthew Reynolds, University of Oxford, UK.


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Colonial and Postcolonial Cyprus
Book Subtitle
Transportal Literatures of Empire, Nationalism, and Sectarianism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-58236-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-58236-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-58235-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 297
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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