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A Kind of Power, Women and Politics: The Publication of ‘Ephimeris Ton Kyrion’ (1887–1897)

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Born in Rethymno, Crete, Parren attended the D. Soumerli Parthenagogeion in Athens. After completing her teacher training at the Arsakeio in the same city, she worked as headmistress at schools in Adrianople and Odessa. In the 1880s, she returned to Athens where she married Ioanni Parren, a journalist of French origin who hailed from Constantinople and later founded the Athinaiko Praktoreion (Athenian News Agency).1 Parren reacted enthusiastically to the whole climate of cultural and political change in the 1880s. Her home soon became one of the leading contemporary salons in Athens, alongside those of Kostis Palamas and Georgios Souris, the latter having gained local fame through his publication of the satirical journal Romios. Parren’s active participation in salon society gave her the opportunity to befriend leading male literati of the period, particularly from the demotikistes movement. Among them were Palamas, Grigorios Xenopoulos, Alexandros Filadelfevs and other contemporary literary and political figures.2 Like Palamas, Parren believed strongly that culture was based on the common people. However, despite her sensitivity to the language question, she herself never mastered the art of writing in demotiki, although she gradually adopted a form of language that was akin to demotiki in her journal.3

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Tzanaki, D. (2009). A Kind of Power, Women and Politics: The Publication of ‘Ephimeris Ton Kyrion’ (1887–1897). In: Women and Nationalism in the Making of Modern Greece. St Antony’s Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230234451_10

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