‘A Martyr of Art’: ‘Staging’ Eleni Altamura’s Life”
The article discusses the ways Eleni Altamura is portrayed in the texts written by three Greek women writers: Kallirhoe Parren, Athina Tarsouli and Rhea Galanaki. Although spread over a long period of time and different in form and purpose, all three narratives are critical in unveiling Eleni’s life for they explore and construct Eleni’s identities by focusing on performative and theatrical features. The interest, furthermore, these women artists and novelists have shown on the historical figure and their attempt to narrate or rewrite her story maps, as I aim to illustrate, the developments but also the limitations of feminist thought and women’s writing in Greece during the past century; for, as I argue, Altamura’s uncommon attitude and choices are faded away while the dramatization of her sufferings, as a wife and a mother, often set the canvas to the representation of her life.
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