Reading the effects of censorshipin cartoons, the dictator's speeches, the poetry of the Nobel Laureate George Seferis, and the younger generation of poetsshe shows how women poets use strategies which, although initiated in response to the regime's press law, prove useful in articulating a feminist critique. In poetry collections by Rhea Galanaki, Jenny Mastoraki and Maria Laina, among others, she analyzes how the censors'tactics for stabilizing signification are redeployed to disrupt fixed meanings and gender roles.
As much a literary analysis of culture as a cultural analysis of literature, her book explores how censorship, consumerism, and feminism influence contemporary Greek women's poetry as well as how the resistance to clarity in this poetry trains readers to rethink these cultural practices. Only with greater attention to the cultural and formal specificity of writing, Van Dyck argues, is it possible to theorize the lessons of censorship and women's writing.
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AcknowledgmentsNote on Transliteration and Translation
1. Power, Language, and the Discourses of the DictatorshipGreece As a Patient in a CastCensorship and the Question of SilenceDiscursive Styles and Political PracticesTelling the Truth in Eighteen TextsDionysis Savvopoulos's Plastic Flag
2. Poetry, Politics, and the Generation of the 1970sThe So-Called Generation of the 1970sLefteris Poulios's Political BeatVasilis Steriadis's Poetry Strip
3. Women's Writing and the Sexual Politics of CensorshipThe Figure of Woman under the DictatorshipKyr's LysistrataKassandra's Wolf and Wolf's CassandraThe Social Text of Women's Poetry after the DictatorshipSexual Politics and Poetic Form
4. Rhea Galanaki's The Cake and the Deferred DeliveryFiguring (Out) WomanThe Cake is PinkThe Sexual Politics of MimesisWriting As a Pregnant Woman
5. Jenny Mastoraki's Tales of the Deep and the Purloined LetterThe Place Where Terrible Things HappenWriting the DreamworkThe Exhibition of ProhibitionThe Purloined Letter and the Woman Reader
6. Maria Laina's Hers and the Unreciprocated LookThe Look of CensorshipToward an Alternative Grammar of SelfFinding the Ground of Love Elsewhere