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Writing Culture: Historiography, Hybridity, and the Shaping of Collective Memory

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joseph Skinner



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Histos, 2020.

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This chapter explores the relationship between early historiographical enquiry and identity, using theoretical frameworks developed by Homi K. Bhabha and Stuart Hall. In doing so it argues that historiographical enquiry formed part of an ongoing process that was constitutive of identity. ‘Culture work’ of this nature needs to be fully integrated into scholarly consideration of both the manner and the means by which a sense of Hellenic self-consciousness and, by extension, collective memory came into being. The enquiries of the fragmentary Greek Historians are shown to be intimately bound up in wider discourses of identity and difference: coins, elegiac poetry, painted pottery, epigraphy, sculpture and historiographical prose were equally tied up in the ‘making’ of Greek identity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Skinner JE

Editor(s): Constantakopoulou C; Fragoulaki M

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Shaping Memory in Ancient Greece: Poetry, Historiography and Epigraphy

Year: 2020

Volume: 11

Pages: 189-234

Online publication date: 19/03/2020

Acceptance date: 05/09/2017

Series Title: Histos, Supplementary Volumes

Publisher: Histos

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne


Notes: Histos supplement. ISSN 2046-5963

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ISBN: 0000000000