A Companion to Classical Receptions

A Companion to Classical Receptions

Paperback Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World

Edited by Lorna Hardwick, Edited by Christopher Stray

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 556 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 32mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 21 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444339222
  • ISBN 13: 9781444339222
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 700,430

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Examining the profusion of ways in which the arts, culture, and thought of Greece and Rome have been transmitted, interpreted, adapted and used, A Companion to Classical Receptions explores the impact of this phenomenon on both ancient and later societies. Provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of classical reception - the interpretation of classical art, culture, and thought in later centuries, and the fastest growing area in classics Brings together 34 essays by an international group of contributors focused on ancient and modern reception concepts and practices Combines close readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion Explores the impact of Greek and Roman culture worldwide, including crucial new areas in Arabic literature, South African drama, the history of photography, and contemporary ethics

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Lorna Hardwick is Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Reception of Classical Texts Research Project at the Open University. Her publications on Greek cultural history and its reception in modern theatre and literature include Translating Words, Translating Cultures (2000), New Surveys in the Classics: Reception Studies (2003) and (co-edited with Carol Gillespie) Classics in Post-colonial Worlds (2007). Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is the author of Classics Transformed: Schools Universities, and Society in England 1830-1960 (1998), and editor of The Owl of Minerva (2005), Classical Books (2007) and Remaking the Classics (2007).

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"This variegated and sizeable volume has for me been stimulating and informative, a pleasure to read for review ... The 'future paths' he proposes seem to me to amount to different configurations of intellectual history, so no surprises there; but his clear statement of the opportunities offered by reception studies in the classroom is admirable, and his call for 'a new kind of classicist-academic: the engaged public intellectual' is visionary. " (Translation and Literature, 2011)

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From antiquity to the present, Greek and Roman literature, drama, myths, ideas and art have influenced every aspect of human achievement. Examining the profusion of ways in which the arts, culture and thought of Greece and Rome have been transmitted, interpreted, adapted and used, this volume explores the impact of this phenomenon on both ancient and later societies."A Companion to Classical Receptions" is a comprehensive guide to the field that combines close readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion. The volume brings together essays on ancient and modern reception concepts and practices, and focuses on key turning points and areas of convergence and divergence. Contributors explore the impact of Greek and Roman culture worldwide, including discussions of new research on Arabic literature, South African drama, the history of photography and contemporary ethics. The book challenges readers to reassess their assumptions about both the ancient and the modern world, and reveals the vitality of classical culture and its centrality to modern debates.

Table of contents

List of Figures ix Notes on Contributors xi Acknowledgements xviii Introduction: Making Connections 1 Lorna Hardwick and Christopher Stray Part I Reception within Antiquity and Beyond 11 1 Reception and Tradition 13 Felix Budelmann and Johannes Haubold 2 The Ancient Reception of Homer 26 Barbara Graziosi 3 Poets on Socrates' Stage: Plato's Reception of Dramatic Art 38 Chris Emlyn-Jones 4 'Respectable in Its Ruins': Achaemenid Persia, Ancient and Modern 50 Thomas Harrison 5 Basil of Caesarea and Greek Tragedy 62 Ruth Webb Part II Transmission, Acculturation and Critique 73 6 'Our Debt to Greece and Rome': Canon, Class and Ideology 75 Seth L. Schein 7 Gladstone and the Classics 86 David W. Bebbington 8 Between Colonialism and Independence: Eric Williams and the Uses of Classics in Trinidad in the 1950s and 1960s 98 Emily Greenwood 9 Virgilian Contexts 113 Stephen Harrison Part III Translation 127 10 Colonization, Closure or Creative Dialogue?: The Case of Pope's Iliad 129 David Hopkins 11 Translation at the Intersection of Traditions: The Arab Reception of the Classics 141 Ahmed Etman 12 'Enough Give in It': Translating the Classical Play 153 J. Michael Walton 13 Lost in Translation? The Problem of (Aristophanic) Humour 168 James Robson Part IV Theory and Practice 183 14 'Making It New': Andre Gide's Rewriting of Myth 185 Cashman Kerr Prince 15 'What Difference Was Made?': Feminist Models of Reception 195 Vanda Zajko 16 History and Theory: Moses and Monotheism and the Historiography of the Repressed 207 Miriam Leonard 17 Performance Reception: Canonization and Periodization 219 Pantelis Michelakis Part V Performing Arts 229 18 Iphigenie en Tauride and Elektra: 'Apolline' and 'Dionysiac' Receptions of Greek Tragedy into Opera 231 Michael Ewans 19 Performance Histories 247 Fiona Macintosh 20 'Body and Mask' in Performances of Classical Drama on the Modern Stage 259 Angeliki Varakis 21 The Nomadic Theatre of the Societas Raffaello Sanzio: A Case of Postdramatic Reworking of (the Classical) Tragedy 274 Freddy Decreus 22 Aristophanes between Israelis and Palestinians 287 Nurit Yaari Part VI Film 301 23 Working with Film: Theories and Methodologies 303 Joanna Paul 24 The Odyssey from Homer to NBC: The Cyclops and the Gods 315 Hanna M. Roisman 25 A New Hope: Film as a Teaching Tool for the Classics 327 Marianne McDonald Part VII Cultural Politics 343 26 Possessing Rome: The Politics of Ruins in Roma capitale 345 Catharine Edwards 27 'You unleash the tempest of tragedy': The 1903 Athenian Production of Aeschylus' Oresteia 360 Gonda Van Steen 28 Multicultural Reception: Greek Drama in South Africa in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-first Centuries 373 Betine van Zyl Smit 29 Putting the Class into Classical Reception 386 Edith Hall Part VIII Changing Contexts 399 30 Reframing the Homeric: Images of the Odyssey in the Art of Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden 401 Gregson Davis 31 'Plato's Stepchildren': SF and the Classics 415 Sarah Annes Brown 32 Aristotle's Ethics, Old and New 428 Rosalind Hursthouse 33 Classicizing Bodies in the Male Photographic Tradition 440 Bryan E. Burns 34 Homer in British World War One Poetry 452 Elizabeth Vandiver Part IX Reflection and Critique 467 35 Reception Studies: Future Prospects 469 James I. Porter Bibliography 482 Index 533