Genres of Recollection

Archival Poetics and Modern Greece
Author(s): 
Papalias, Penelope C.
Editor(s): 
Stoler, Ann Laura
Editor(s): 
Comaroff, John L.
ISBN: 
1403961050
Date published: 
February 2005
Hardback
Price: 
£50.00
Pages: 
336

Genres of Recollection brings to life the social and textual worlds in which the representation of contemporary Greek historical experience has been passionately debated. Building on contemporary research in history and anthropology concerning the social production of the past, this study considers how people who admit they are 'not historians' - from a housewife to an ward-winning novelist, a farmer to an aristocratic lady of leisure - mediate their personal, family and community histories by compiling archives and writing diverse genres of historical texts. 'Re-collecting' the recent Greek past of labour migration, refugee flight, civil war and urbanization is shown to powerfully shape contemporary social relations and political culture, but also to open a captivating field for imagining redemptive futures.