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(De)Touring Europe: The Balkan, The Postcolonial and Christos Tsiolkas’s Dead Europe

Marinkova, Milena (2013) (De)Touring Europe: The Balkan, The Postcolonial and Christos Tsiolkas’s Dead Europe. The European Journal of English Studies, 17 (2). pp. 176-187. ISSN 1382-5577

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This article will interrogate the fictional mobilisation of ‘the Balkan’ as a trope in Christos Tsiolkas’s novel Dead Europe. Reversing the conventions of European travel writing, the novel stages a shambolic Grand Tour of vampiric contamination, which exposes the vacuity of Europe’s self-professed ideals of progress, rationality and liberalism. Whilst bearing the imprint of a recognisable Balkanist rhetoric which locates the origins of racial prejudice in a Second World War Greek village and the excesses of conspicuous consumption in a contemporary Athens, Dead Europe also presents ‘the Balkan’ as a disruptive medium which jostles the Australian protagonist out of his political complacency and awakens him to his own visceral, if spectral, relation to prejudice. ‘The Balkan’ in this set-up does not function as a mere backdrop to identify against; rather, it is a site of a radical interrogation of the coherence, boundedness and erasures of the (Australian and European) self – an interrogation that confronts without offering a solution or redemption.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 15:33
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 16:42


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