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Classics and National Cultures

Classics and National Cultures

Hardback Classical Presences

Edited by Susan A. Stephens, Edited by Phiroze Vasunia

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 241mm x 29mm | 744g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199212988
  • ISBN 13: 9780199212989
  • Illustrations note: 5 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,508,042

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Numerous nations have in one way or another engaged with the cultures of classical Greece and Rome. What impact does the classical past have on ideas of the nation, nationhood, nationality, and what effect does the national space have on classical culture? How has classical culture been imagined in various national traditions, what importance has it had within them, and for whom? This collection of essays by an international team of experts tackles the vexed relationship between Classics and national cultures, presenting essays on many regions, including China, India, Mexico, Japan, and South Africa, as well as Germany, Greece, and Italy. It poses new questions for the study of antiquity and for the history of nations and nationalisms.

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Phiroze Vasunia is Reader in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading.

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Marked by the variety of contributions and the range of their reference ... Ambitious and Demanding. Victoria Maul, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. 'out of eure sanscreed into oure eryan': Ireland, the Classics and Independence ; 2. Marooned Mandarins: Freud, Classical Education, and the Jews of Vienna ; 3. Classical Culture for a Classical Country: Scholarship and the Past in Vincenzo Cuoco's Plato in Italy ; 4. Classical Education and the Early American Democratic Style ; 5. Mimicry and Classical Allusion in V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men ; 6. Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930 ; 7. Eastern European Nations, Western Culture and the Classical Tradition ; 8. The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination ; 9. Unbuilding the Acropolis in Greek Literature ; 10. How to Build a National Epic: Digenes Akrites and the Song of Roland ; 11. Heraclitus on the Highveld: The Universalism (Ancient and Modern) of T. J. Haarhoff ; 12. Auerbach, Homer, and the Jews ; 13. Contestatory Classics in 1920s China ; 14. The New Alexandrian Library ; 15. Translatio and Difference: Western Classics in Modern Japan ; 16. Alexander Sikandar