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Peace-Making within the Green and Liminal Border of Cyprus

Evangelou, Angelos (2016) Peace-Making within the Green and Liminal Border of Cyprus. Poligrafi, 21 (83/84). pp. 115-132. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article aims to critically explore the concept of the border and its dynamic self-undermining quality through the medium of literature, which is the space in which the very process of debordering is already at work. since 1974, Cyprus has borne the mark of division that physically manifested in a border, which extends from east to west and divides the island into south (greek Cypriot) and north (Turkish Cypriot). what is special about this border is the fact that it consists not of one wall or fence but two, creating thus an uneven strip of land which allows for an experience of the border not from either side of it but from within it. This article explores the symbolic significance of working and thinking from within the border – from within the “dead zone” – a perspective whose significance is also acknowledged by contemporary Cypriot poets. drawing from greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot literature (mainly poetry), i attempt to illustrate how the very space of the border acquires central stage and how – through the power of poetic representation – it turns from an apparatus of separation and division into a space of neutrality and liminality which prompts reflection, communication and life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Cyprus, border, debordering, “within the border”, poetry, nature, Derrida
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Angelos Evangelou
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 18:59 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 21:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69043 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Evangelou, Angelos: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5011-2877
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