On the Quai at Smyrna

David Roessel

in In Byron's Shadow

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143867
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871872 | DOI:
On the Quai at Smyrna

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This chapter explores the dominant status of Hemingway's text for writing in English about events in postwar Asia Minor. It argues that the Smyrna Disaster is the first event in modern Greek history after the Greek War of Independence to gain a secure place in English literature and language thanks to Hemingway; the text that canonized it was Hemingway's “On the Quai at Smyrna”. In English, the phrase the Smyrna Disaster referred not simply to a historical event but also to a style of writing and a particular postwar perspective.

Keywords: Ernest Hemingway; Asia Minor; the Smyrna Disaster; John Dos Passos; Greco-Turkish War; postwar

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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