Strange homelands: encountering the migrant on the contemporary Greek stage

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Fragkou, M. 2018. Strange homelands: encountering the migrant on the contemporary Greek stage. Modern Drama. 61 (3). https://doi.org/10.3138/md.s0919.3
AuthorsFragkou, M.
Abstract

This article examines three examples from recent Greek theatre which stage experiences of migrants and refugees against the backdrop of Greece’s growing internationalism and multiculturalism. In allowing migrants to author their own narratives of border-crossing and encountering their new “homeland”, those theatrical endeavours, I argue, attempt to break the monologism of Greek theatre and monolithic understandings of national identity thus opening up spaces for encountering diverse voices. In acknowledging the risks and tensions underpinning the migrant’s presence on stage, the article also applies pressure to questions of encounter, authenticity, representation and self-expression of migratory subjects and interrogates some ways in which they navigate their precarious space of belonging and author themselves in the context of contemporary Greek theatre.

KeywordsEncounter; stranger; exile; nation; heteroglossia; authenticity
Year2018
JournalModern Drama
Journal citation61 (3)
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
ISSN0026-7694
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3138/md.s0919.3
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.3138/md.s0919.3
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Online17 Aug 2018
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Deposited14 Nov 2017
AcceptedSep 2017
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