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Title DIASPORIC and TRANSNATIONAL IDENTITIES in SELECTED SHORT STORIES of GREEK AUSTRALIAN WRITERS

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This paper examines the diasporic and transnational notions of Greek identity in Australia through the analysis of selected short stories written by Greek Australian writers. The short-story has been considered to be the most representative genre regarding the themes explored by the writers, reflecting aspects of Greek community life in Australia and the Diaspora in general, thus giving expression to issues relating to identity in its diasporic and transnational contexts. The term ‘diaspora’ refers to the geographical dispersal of ethnic groups, which, though separated from the cultural centre, live as ethnic minorities within the boundaries of a culturally different society. The term ‘transnationalism’ refers to human activities and social institutions that extend beyond national boundaries, which can have a role in assisting the retention of such boundaries in the host country. Attention is drawn to the empowering presence of a wide range of symbols, referred to as identity indicators, revealing an identity that is complex and rich in socio-cultural, historical and linguistic characteristics relating to the Greek immigrant experience in Australia and the Diaspora.

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Andrea Garivaldis

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