Towards a multi-layered construct of identity by the Greek diaspora: an examination of the films of Nia Vardalos, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Life in Ruins

Myrsina Tonys-Soulos



The analysis of the two Vardalos films involves a multi-disciplinary approach through the social sciences. The analysis examines constructs of multiple-layered constructs of identity. The themes relating to conformity versus non-conformity will be examined through such constructs within popular culture, as ‘beauty’, the ‘internalizing’ of inferior status by children through research in the social sciences. The ascribing of status and power to a minority culture by the majority culture using a Gramscian analysis will enable a window into seeing contemporary Greek diasporic culture as told through the migration experience.

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