This is a workshop on contemporary Cypriot literature with a focus on themes and language politics. Traditionally, the literature that gains recognition and respect in Cyprus is that which highlights the postcolonial republic’s relationship with the metropolitan literatures of its largest ethnic groups, Greece for the Greek Cypriots and Turkey for the Turkish Cypriots. The most popular themes include violent displacement, landscape and memory, nostalgia and belonging——widespread and popular themes that receive very particular treatments in canonical Cypriot literature.
This workshop will discuss these treatments and go further to propose critical readings of literature that veer away from national attachments in order to explore themes and expression in unconventional ways. The significance of such a critical venture lies in the imaginings that become possible when reading beyond the ideological strictures. Transformation and change are necessary in Cyprus——perhaps everywhere——and they require literary experience. This workshop aspires to an exploration of texts where, through discussion and analysis, participants will have the opportunity to engage with literary politics and re-imagine approaches to language, themes, and transformation.
✻ This workshop on Cypriot literature, and others like it, is organized by the community for the community, but attendance is limited. Be thoughtful. If you register, but for any reason can’t join us, please notify the instructor 3 days before the event so someone else can take your place.