The New Antiquity

Locating Classical Receptions on Screen

Masks, Echoes, Shadows

Editors: Apostol, Ricardo, Bakogianni, Anastasia (Eds.)

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  • Offers a new and innovative understanding of the routes by which ancient material percolates into popular consciousness
  • Challenges traditional models of reception and problematizes the very concept of intertextuality
  • Ranges across the fields of adaptation studies, media studies, and comparative literature
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This volume explores film and television sources in problematic conversation with classical antiquity, to better understand the nature of artistic reception and classical reception in particular. Drawing inspiration from well-theorized fields like adaptation studies, comparative literature, and film, the essays in this collection raise questions fundamental to the future of reception studies. The first section, ‘Beyond Fidelity’, deals with idiosyncratic adaptations of ancient sources; the second section, ‘Beyond Influence’, discusses modern works purporting to adapt ancient figures or themes that are less straightforwardly ancient than they may at first appear; while the last section, ‘Beyond Original’, uses films that lack even these murky connections to antiquity to challenge the notion that studying reception requires establishing historical connections between works. As questions of audience, interpretation, and subjectivity are central to most contemporary fields of study, this is a collection that is of interest to a wide variety of readers in the humanities.

About the authors

Ricardo Apostol received his PhD from the University of Michigan, USA, and his research focuses on theory and classical reception studies. He has published articles on Latin and Greek poetry as well as the classics in film and television, and currently teaches at George School.
Anastasia Bakogianni is Lecturer in Classical Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, author of Electra Ancient & Modern: Aspects of the Tragic Heroine’s Reception (2011), editor of Dialogues with the Past: Classical Reception Theory and Practice (2013) and co-editor of War as Spectacle: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Display of Armed Conflict (2015).

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“This book proposes a radically new way to excavate the layers of modern film and television for their underlying connections with the themes and tropes of classical antiquity. Expertly mingling interpretative techniques borrowed from Film Studies, Comparative Literature, and Adaptation Studies, the six dynamic essays in this volume skillfully investigate a range of screen texts – from The Hurt Locker to Game of Thrones – to uncover multiple strata of the deep engagements between contemporary media and the ancient world.” (Monica S. Cyrino, Professor of Classics, University of New Mexico, USA)

Locating Classical Receptions on Screen invites the reader to embark on an intrepid journey that transcends the traditional boundaries of Classical Reception Studies. This provocative volume challenges the linear and binary engagements with the ancient past that often guide scholarly approaches to modern media. Refreshing methodologies and cross-disciplinary views contribute to building a stimulating collection that proposes a more dynamic and multisided look at cinema and television, and at the viewer’s ‘face to face encounters’ with Classical myths, stories, characters and ideas.” (Marta Garcia Morcillo, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Roehampton, UK)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Face to Face—Locating Classical Receptions on Screen

    Pages 1-16

    Bakogianni, Anastasia (et al.)

  • Indirect or Masked Modysseys? Establishing a Working Set of Criteria

    Pages 19-42

    Daugherty, Gregory N.

  • Sacrificial Shadows: Tragic Greek Heroines Reinvented for Television in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Game of Thrones

    Pages 43-65

    Evans, Tania (et al.)

  • Statues, Synths, and Simulacra: The Ovidian Contours of Screen Pygmalions

    Pages 69-94

    James, Paula

  • Artefacts, Authenticity, and Digital Idols: The Classical After-Image in Contemporary Hollywood Stardom

    Pages 95-120

    Williams, Michael

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Locating Classical Receptions on Screen
Book Subtitle
Masks, Echoes, Shadows
Editors
  • Ricardo Apostol
  • Anastasia Bakogianni
Series Title
The New Antiquity
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96457-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96457-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96456-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 198
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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