School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Maria Chatzianastasi

Maria Chatzianastasi

Doctoral Student in Linguistics

Email: m.chatzianastasi@ncl.ac.uk

Supervisors

  • Professor Kim Reynolds
  • Dr Anne Whitehead

Thesis

Greek-Cypriot Children's Trauma Writing of the 1974 Invasion

My thesis identifies a body of Greek-Cypriot writing for the young featuring the experience and memory of the trauma of the 1974 invasion that divided the country in half. It covers the forty-year period since the invasion and explores how Greek-Cypriot children's writers have represented that trauma from a variety of perspectives.

It argues that the material produced over this period is trauma writing which does not merely register trauma through story and discourse, but also promotes a progressive and reconciliatory vision. At the same time, however, it retains aspects of an idealised memory of the past. Significant mechanisms for narrating and dealing with trauma have begun to emerge in this body of writing, signifying important though still emerging developments and transformations. By discussing this material through the lens of a well-developed body of trauma theory, recent theoretical work on postmemory, critical approaches to children's literature and translation theory this thesis hopes to enable greater understanding of the role of writing about the invasion as a national trauma.

Research Interests

Children's Literature, Children's Literature and trauma, War in Children's literature, Childhood and Memory in children's literature, Children's Literature and Memory in the Cypriot Curriculum, Children's Literature and the Politics of Memory and Trauma, Children's Literature in Education, Translation of children's literature-trauma

Research Activities

RESEARCH GROUPS

  • Children's Literature Unit Graduate Group
  • International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL)

TEACHING

  • Research Collaborator at the European University, Cyprus (EUC)
  • Module Leader for EDG 190 Children's Literature (undergraduate) Spring Semester 2013 (EUC)
  • Module Leader for EDG 190 Children's Literature (undergraduate) Spring Semester 2014 (EUC)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (Cyprus):
    • Primary School Teacher 2009-2010
    • Primary School Teacher 2011-2012
    • Primary School Teacher 2012-2013
    • Primary School Teacher 2013-2014
  • Xenion Education - Xenion Junior School (Cyprus):
    • Primary School Teacher 2014-2015
    • Primary School Teacher 2015-2016

CONFERENCES

  • 'Evaluating experiences and claims of a national self through the depiction and bond of people with their homeland in Greek-Cypriot children's literature', 11th Conference of the Cyprus Pedagogical Corporation. Article included in the conference proceedings.
  • 'Female narratives of war trauma in Greek-Cypriot children's literature', HaSS 1st Year Research Training Conference, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Newcastle University.
  • 'Enclavement: Trauma and family separation in Greek-Cypriot children's literature', Postgraduate Speaker Series, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University.
  • 'Greek-Cypriot children's literature responses to trauma', HaSS 2nd Year Research Training Conference, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Newcastle University (Poster presentation).
  • 10th Annual International "The Child and the Book Conference" at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 11 April, 2014, Athens, Greece. Presentation with the title: Memories that Hurt: "Home" and memory in Greek-Cypriot children's literature about refugees and the enclaved".
  • 22nd IRSCL Biennial Congress at Worcester University. Presented paper "Mothers-daughters and the transmission of memory in Cypriot children's literature since 1974".
  • International Conference: "Teacher Professionalism & Educational Change at the European University Cyprus: Possibilities for Policy & Practice" 11 September, 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus. Presented paper "Towards a new generation of memory: The case of Cypriot children's literature".
  • International Conference "Literacy and Contemporary Society: Bridging sociocultural, philosophical, pedagogical and technological dimensions" 23-24 October 2015, Nicosia, Cyprus. Paper presented: "Functions of memory in Cypriot children's literature: The case of changes in in a contemporary challenging context" (paper presented in Greek language)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Chatzianastasi, M. (2011). 'RADICAL CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction by Kimberley Reynolds (Book Review)'. Journal of Children's Literature Studies, 8 (2), 104-107
  • Chatzianastasi, M. (2011). 'WHAT DO YOU SEE? International Perspectives on Children's Book Illustration, edited by Jennifer Harding and Pat Pinsent (Book Review)'. Journal of Children's Literature Studies, 8(3), 144-146
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VISITING FELLOWSHIP

  • Research Fellow of the International Youth Library, Munich, 2012

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Board Member, Cypriot section of IBBY (Cypriot Board of Books for Young People) 2013-2015
  • Member, Postgraduate Social Events Committee, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (2010-2011)
  • Member of the Organising Committee for HaSS Postgraduate 1st Year Conference (2010-2011)

Academic Background

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, Newcastle University
  • Magister Artium in Pedagogical Sciences, University of Cyprus
  • Degree in Educational Sciences with a Minor in Psychology, University of Cyprus