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Romance in Ruins: Ethnography and the Problem with Modern Greece

Mahn, CK (2009) Romance in Ruins: Ethnography and the Problem with Modern Greece Victorian Studies, 52 (1). 9 - 19. ISSN 0042-5222

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Abstract

As an increasing number of British women traveled to Greece in the nineteenth century to witness the sites of antiquity, a small group of women turned their gaze to the local population, beginning lifelong studies of what it meant to be Greek. Using classical statues as benchmarks, Fanny Blunt and Lucy Garnett produced ethnographical accounts of Greek women that demonstrated their failure to live up to classical ideals at a physical, as well as intellectual, level. With archaeological metaphors pervading their work, Blunt and Garnett rehearsed a very different kind of archaeological impulse, identifying survivals of classical types in the skeletal structure of contemporary Greek women while maintaining that their flesh belonged to the Orient.

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Additional Information: This article was published as Mahn CK (2009). Romance in Ruins: Ethnography and the Problem with Modern Greece. Victorian Studies 52(1):9-19 01. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press.
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 16:07
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/590054

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