The 'Legend' of Alekos Doukas: a critical counter reading

Petro Alexiou

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This paper examines how the writer Alekos Doukas (1900–1962) has been read and interpreted in later years as a migrant intellectual and socialist. I argue that Doukas has become a figure of myth through a process of oral and written transmission. He is invariably represented as a unitary socialist subject who encapsulates the experience and revolutionary consciousness of a migrant collectivity. Many writers refer to Doukas’ life and experiences through a quite literal reading of his postwar novels. How do we account for the reading of his fiction as fact? We need to explore the function of myth and its discursive shaping of migrant narratives of the past and present.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreek research in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the seventh biennial international Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, June 2007
EditorsElizabeth Close, George Couvalis, George Frazis, Maria Palaktsoglou, Michael Tsianikasm
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherFlinders University
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780725811341
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventConference of Greek Studies (7th : 2007) - Adelaide
Duration: 28 Jun 20071 Jul 2007

Publication series

NameBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies
PublisherFlinders University


ConferenceConference of Greek Studies (7th : 2007)


  • Greek-Australian literary history
  • migrant history
  • Australian cultural history


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