Ideology and Characterization in Themos Kornaros’ Fiction (1929-1957): from Individuality to Collectivity
Presented by Anastasia Tantarouda Papaspyrou
The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham
5:15 PM 15th November 2017
This paper aims to show that the turn of the Greek Left towards the nation from the early 1940s onwards is reflected in the narratives of the twentieth-century Greek author Themos Kornaros. I suggest that Kornaros’ narratives can be classified into two distinct phases based on the characters he shaped.
Therefore, my presentation will be divided in two parts based on these phases. The first phase, that covers the books published from 1929 to 1943, includes characters that are marginal and stand out for their individuality, since any form of social cohesion is absent. As I will show, the writer accentuates the individuality of the characters by emphasising on their low social status or on their distinctive natural characteristics.
However, from 1945 onwards he made a U-turn by creating characters that melt into the empathetic collectivity. These characters could be called ‘collective’ in the sense that their defining characteristic is their identification with society, not as an abstract notion, but equated to the Greek nation. The characters of the second phase (1945-1957) form an integral part of the Greek nation and they are linked to the Greek tradition and the Christian religion.