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    DescriptionTales of archaic Greek city foundations continue to be told and retold long after the colonies themselves were settled, and this book explores how the ancient Greeks constructed their memory of founding new cities overseas. Greek stories about colonizing Sicily or the Black Sea in the seventh century B.C.E. are no more transparent, no less culturally constructed than nineteenth-century British tales of empire in India or Africa; they are every bit as much about power, language, and cultural appropriation. This book brings anthropological and literary theory to bear on the narratives that later Greeks tell about founding colonies and the processes through which the colonized are assimilated into the familiar story-lines, metaphors, and rituals of the colonizers. The distinctiveness and the universality of the Greek colonial representations are explored through explicit comparison with later European narratives of new world settlement.


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    Title
    The Poetics of Colonization
    Subtitle
    From City to Text in Archaic Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carol Dougherty
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195083996
    ISBN 10: 0195083997
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ, HBTR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, HIS002010, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24204000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA3009.D68
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC20: 880.9355
    DC22: 880.9321732
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 880.9/321732
    LC classification: PA3009 .D68 1993
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHD, JBCC, NHC, NHTR, NHTQ
    Illustrations note
    halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    14 October 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    seems to me like a major text ... the early section is a necessary counter to much contemporary genrealization about the modernity of colonial and imperial experience. Canadian Literature No. 142 stimulating book... Greece and Rome
    Back cover copy
    Tales of archaic Greek city foundations continued to be told and retold long after the colonies themselves were settled. This book explores how the ancient Greeks constructed their memory of founding new cities overseas. Greek stories about colonizing Sicily or the Black Sea in the seventh century B.C.E. are no more transparent, no less culturally constructed than nineteenth-century British tales of empire in India or Africa; they are every bit as much about power, language, and cultural appropriation. This book brings anthropological and literary theory to bear on the narratives that later Greeks tell about founding colonies and the processes through which the colonized are assimilated into the familiar story lines, metaphors, and rituals of the colonizers. The distinctiveness and the universality of Greek colonial representations are explored through explicit comparison with later European narratives of new world settlement. Unique in its focus on issues of representation and colonial ideology, rather than the traditional historical approach, this book adds much to the study of the archaic colonization movement. Through new historicist readings, Carol Dougherty shows how, long after the Greek colonization movement itself was over, the colonial tale, embedded in important poetic genres and performed as part of significant civic occasions, enabled the Greeks to continue to colonize the past and to establish themselves as the imperial power in that cultural memory.