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Zone of Passions: a Queer Re-imagining of Cyprus’s “No Man’s Land”

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Stavros Stavrou Karayanni
Stavros Stavrou Karayanni


Focusing on a selection of literary and critical texts, this article explores the Dead Zone as a space that is decidedly queer in its undecidability, unspeakability, and resistance to normalisation; a landscape where desire, apprehension, and memory play themselves out. Rereading this zone as queer space allows us imaginings of Cyprus beyond the normalising regimes of the island’s north and south. And, such re-reading also invites a reconceptualisation of the Dead Zone as a profoundly ambiguous geographical site, political space, and imaginary topos.


Cyprus; Dead Zone; postcolonialism; queer literature; Niki Marangou; Lysandros Pytharas; Alicia Stallings

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