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Imaging Suli

Interactions between Philhellenic Ideas and Greek Identity Discourse

Ewa Róża Janion

Suli is a mountainous land in Epirus in northwestern Greece. This book collates its Greek 19 th -century vision with the European view in the works of English, French, Italian, and Polish philhellenes. Investigating the interactions between various images of Suli, it analyses its functioning in different European cultures: the first historical mentions of Suli, the role of Byron’s poems in shaping its image, Greek folk songs about female fighters from Suli, and the mass suicide of Suliote women known as the Dance of Zalongo. Especially the legend about the bravery of the Suliotes has been important in Greek national discourse and the study follows the threads of the legend formed by Greek intellectuals and the European Philhellenes.
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Bibliography of the 19th-century Works Related to Suli, with notes

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The main goal of this bibliography is to provide evidence on how the information about Suli was presented in 19th-century Europe. It includes printed materials and works of art of any kind devoted entirely to Suli. Moreover, it contains some prints in which Suli and the Suliotes play a secondary role. In the last case, however, the works have been selected in order to display these titles that contain original and important information about the Epiriot mountains and their inhabitants. I tried to trace the translations and mutual dependence of the works, in order to show different stages of the diffusion of the legends of Suli. The research was conducted mainly in English, French and Italian databases, but it includes also several titles in other languages, mostly in German. Lastly, there is one title each in Swedish, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

The title of a work of art is the main criterion for its inclusion into the catalogue. As a result, also fantastic images of Suli are contained herein. On the other hand, when possible, I tried to remove those images in which objects are not specified as linked with Suli, but titled as Greek or Albanian. The list of maps contains those maps that indicate Suli.

Both bibliography and the catalogue do not include works dedicated entirely to the legend of the Suliote hero Markos Botsaris, when they are not connected to the history of Suli and its failure in the year 1803....

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