The playful mode of writing in Psycharis's To Tαí o (1888)
Author: Pateridou, Georgia
Source: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Volume 30, Number 2, September 2006 , pp. 167-183(17)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to discuss the literary qualities of Psycharis's To Tαí o, in particular, to analyse specific examples that demonstrate its playful mode of writing. Firstly, it will attempt to place the text in the literary context of its period by discussing its conception and significance for Modern Greek literature. Secondly, it will focus on the element of humour in the text, which can best be described as a playful mode of writing. The playfulness can be explained as raising false expectations in readers in a way that does not become obtrusive or unpleasant, but aims to entertain through the effects of surprise. This mode of writing is created mainly through intertextual allusions, incongruous juxtapositions, and comical, satirical or parodic undertones.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-09-01