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National poets stammering the nation: Foscolo, Kalvos and Solomos

19 may 2016 19:30 - 20:30
Cyprus University of Technology
30 Archbishop Kyprianou Str.
3036 Lemesos

Communication de Konstantina Zanou (résidente de l'IEA de Paris) au Département des Beaux Arts.


This lecture is about the story of three poets who set off from the same island of the Ionian Sea, Zante, and ended up becoming the "national poets" of two different countries, Italy and Greece. Ugo Foscolo, Andreas Kalvos and Dionysios Solomos were born within years of each other (Foscolo in 1778, Kalvos 1792, and Solomos 1798), but enough to inculcate in them different choices regarding language, poetry and, finally, national identity. Their divergent routes are seen as a metaphor for the dissolving Venetian "cultural continuum" of the Adriatic. Their lives encompass the efforts, successful or not, of a whole generation of intellectuals born within empires to cope with the emerging vocabulary of nationalism. Theirs is a story of intellectuals adjusting to a changing world, of individuals repositioning themselves in a reality of rapidly shifting loyalties between old and new empires and nation-states.

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Konstantina Zanou
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Contemporary period (1789-…)
Western Europe