The New Antiquity

The Body Unbound

Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus

Editors: Hsu, Katherine, Schur, David, Sowers, Brian (Eds.)

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  • Examines material from the ancient to the postclassical, Homer to Game of Thrones
  • Considers how the boundaries of the body function to define the human form in language
  • Essays suggest that the body's meaning is perhaps never more evident than in the violation of its wholeness
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This book explores the body’s physical limits and the ways in which the confines of the body are delineated, transgressed, or controlled in literary and philosophical texts. Drawing on classics, philosophy, religious studies, medieval studies, and critical theory and examining material ranging from Homer to Game of Thrones, this volume facilitates an interdisciplinary investigation into how the boundaries of the body define the human form in language. This volume’s essays suggest that the body’s meaning is perhaps never more evident than in the violation of its wholeness. The boundaries of the body are areas of transition between states and are therefore vulnerable. As individuals find themselves isolated from their world and one another, their bodies regularly allow for physical interactions, incur transgressions and violations, and undergo profound transformations. Thus sympathy, sexuality, disease, and violence are among the main themes of the volume, which, ultimately, reexamines the place of the body in our understanding of what it means to be human.


About the authors

Katherine Lu Hsu is Assistant Professor of Classics at College of the Holy Cross, USA. She is author of The Violent Hero: Heracles in the Greek Imagination (2021) and articles on Greek tragedy and myth. She has also taught at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA, where she directed the Latin/Greek Institute.

David Schur is Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA, and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has written studies of Heraclitus, Homer, and Plato, as well as Kafka and Freud. He is especially interested in methodologies of literary close reading.

Brian P. Sowers is Assistant Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA. He has published on late antique reading communities, early Christian female martyrs, and the use of ancient literature to resist contemporary white supremacy. His first book is In Her Own Words: The Life and Poetry of Aelia Eudocia (2020). 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Body Unbound
Book Subtitle
Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus
Editors
  • Katherine Hsu
  • David Schur
  • Brian Sowers
Series Title
The New Antiquity
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65806-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65806-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65805-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 265
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