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: 876,519

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Examining the profusion of ways in which the arts, culture, andthought of Greece and Rome have been transmitted, interpreted,adapted and used, A Companion to Classical Receptionsexplores the impact of this phenomenon on both ancient and latersocieties. * Provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of classicalreception - the interpretation of classical art, culture, andthought in later centuries, and the fastest growing area inclassics * Brings together 34 essays by an international group ofcontributors focused on ancient and modern reception concepts andpractices * Combines close readings of key receptions with widercontextualization and discussion * Explores the impact of Greek and Roman culture worldwide,including crucial new areas in Arabic literature, South Africandrama, 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 stimulatingand informative, a pleasure to read for review ... The future paths' he proposes seem to me to amount to differentconfigurations of intellectual history, so no surprises there; buthis clear statement of the opportunities offered by receptionstudies in the classroom is admirable, and his call for anew 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 ofDramatic 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 andIdeology 75 Seth L. Schein 7 Gladstone and the Classics 86 David W. Bebbington 8 Between Colonialism and Independence: Eric Williams and theUses 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 ofPope s Iliad 129 David Hopkins 11 Translation at the Intersection of Traditions: The ArabReception of the Classics 141 Ahmed Etman 12 Enough Give in It : Translating the ClassicalPlay 153 J. Michael Walton 13 Lost in Translation? The Problem of (Aristophanic) Humour168 James Robson Part IV Theory and Practice 183 14 Making It New : Andre Gide sRewriting of Myth 185 Cashman Kerr Prince 15 What Difference Was Made? : Feminist Models ofReception 195 Vanda Zajko 16 History and Theory: Moses and Monotheism and theHistoriography of the Repressed 207 Miriam Leonard 17 Performance Reception: Canonization and Periodization219 Pantelis Michelakis Part V Performing Arts 229 18 Iphigenie en Tauride and Elektra: Apolline and Dionysiac Receptions of Greek Tragedy into Opera231 Michael Ewans 19 Performance Histories 247 Fiona Macintosh 20 Body and Mask in Performances of ClassicalDrama on the Modern Stage 259 Angeliki Varakis 21 The Nomadic Theatre of the Societas Raffaello Sanzio: ACase 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 Gods315 Hanna M. Roisman 25 A New Hope: Film as a Teaching Tool for the Classics327 Marianne McDonald Part VII Cultural Politics 343 26 Possessing Rome: The Politics of Ruins in Roma capitale345 Catharine Edwards 27 You unleash the tempest of tragedy : The 1903Athenian Production of Aeschylus Oresteia 360 Gonda Van Steen 28 Multicultural Reception: Greek Drama in South Africa in theLate 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 ofDerek Walcott and Romare Bearden 401 Gregson Davis 31 Plato s Stepchildren : SF and the Classics415 Sarah Annes Brown 32 Aristotle s Ethics, Old and New 428 Rosalind Hursthouse 33 Classicizing Bodies in the Male Photographic Tradition440 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