Classics for all : reworking antiquity in mass culture by Dunstan Lowe, Kim Shahabudin

By Dunstan Lowe, Kim Shahabudin

Classical tradition belongs to us all: no matter if as educational topic or as leisure, it regularly stimulates new rules. lately, following 'Gladiator's profitable revival of the 'toga epic', experiences of the traditional global in cinema have drawn expanding realization from authors and readers. This assortment builds on present curiosity during this subject, taking its readers previous the standard obstacles of classical reception reviews into much less standard - or even uncharted - parts of old Greece and Rome in mass pop culture. participants speak about the makes use of of antiquity in tv programmes, machine video games, journalism, Hollywood blockbusters, B-movies, pornography, net 2.0, radio drama, and kid's literature. Its varied contents have fun the continued effect of Classics on sleek existence: from controversies inside academia to ephemeral popular culture, from the normal to the state of the art. The reader will locate either new voices and people of extra validated commentators, together with broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, Latinist Paula James, and Gideon Nisbet, writer of 'Ancient Greece in movie and renowned Culture'. jointly they display that wealthy rewards look ahead to an individual with an curiosity in our classical historical past, once they embody the range and complexity of mass pop culture as an entire

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This is also a sacrificial species under threat. Because antiquity is difficult to represent, it is never the first choice of television commissioners. Unless new approaches or new discoveries are offered, history lags behind in the race to satisfy the broadcasters’ thirst for novelty. At the time of writing, the television history bubble has burst—fewer and fewer programmes are being made, audiences are spread in a multi-channel environment and are consequently falling off for the big, expensive “event” programmes.

12 These versions are not stand-alone, but neither do they count as collections of myths: Kingsley covers three stories (Perseus, The Argonauts and Theseus), while Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales covers Theseus, Antaeus, Cadmus, Ulysses and Circe, Persephone and the Golden Fleece. They are exceptional in influence and importance. Andrew Lang’s The Story Of The Golden Fleece (1903) and Padraic Colum’s influential 1921 retelling of a large number of Greek myths framed by the Argonaut narrative mediate between these two groups.

Our selection of five spans a century and a half and represents all three age groups, from beginning readers to young adults. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Kingsley were at the vanguard of children’s literature as a genre, writing in 1851 and 1855 respectively. MacLeod says that Hawthorne’s Wonderbook and Tanglewood Tales, though certainly not the first American books written especially for children (as is sometimes claimed), were nevertheless influential. They provoked Charles Kingsley to counteract their ‘vulgarity’ by writing The Heroes (MacLeod 1995: 115).

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