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Round Table: Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant: Sideways glances at issues of female identity

Greek female authors translated in America reflect upon the complex relation between literature and gender: What does it mean to be a female writer in the present day? How are violence, boldness and power manifested in the narrative? Why are straightforwardness, narrative economy and accuracy considered masculine stylistic virtues? Are there really gender-specific aims? Or just gender-specific stereotypes?

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s well-known verse calling for a sideways reflection upon truth, Liana Sakelliou, professor of American literature and creative writing in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Athens, discusses issues of gender identity with four renowned Greek female writers who have been translated and published recently in the United States. Authors Zyranna Zateli, Maria Mitsora, Amanda Michalopoulou, and Ersi Sotiropoulos talk about their work’ s reception in America, where gender and power issues emerge as more relevant than ever, as well as about the complicated relation between literature and gender.

Organizer: Hellenic American Union-Hellenic American College

Section: A World of Writers

Information 2103680900 (εσωτ. 152), culture@hau.gr , www.hau.gr/culture

DATE 03.12
TIME 19:30
PLACE Hellenic American Union Theater, Massalias 22, Athens