The Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan Mountain Village / Edition 1

The Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan Mountain Village / Edition 1

by Michael Herzfeld
     
 

"The Cretan mountain-dwellers are in particular famous for their sustained resistance to Turkish rule and then to German occupation. Their values, well-expressed in the motto of the Cretan writer Kazantzakis--`I hope for nothing; I fear nothing; I am free'--made them heroes at times when such qualities were positively endorsed in a Greece fighting to escape foreign… See more details below

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"The Cretan mountain-dwellers are in particular famous for their sustained resistance to Turkish rule and then to German occupation. Their values, well-expressed in the motto of the Cretan writer Kazantzakis--`I hope for nothing; I fear nothing; I am free'--made them heroes at times when such qualities were positively endorsed in a Greece fighting to escape foreign domination. Today inevitably they are frowned on; Cretan shepherds are now caricatured as `goat thieves and knife pullers', a survival of primitivism outrageous in a modern state. Herzfeld's excellent and sensitive ethnography of the pseudonymous village and inhabitants of Glendi, a mountain village in central Crete, is concerned with just these attributes, the ways they are lived and reproduced among Glendiots."--Olivia Harris, Times Higher Education Supplement

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ISBN-13:
9780691102443
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1988
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.82(d)

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