Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

Oxford University Press
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  • erschienen am 26. Dezember 2016
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  • 376 Seiten
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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy is the first collection of essays in English focusing on how fantasy draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, philosophy, literature, history, art, and cult practice. Presenting fifteen all-new essays intended for both scholars and other readers of fantasy, this volume explores many of the most significant examples of the modern genre-including the works of H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, and more-in relation to important ancient texts such as Aeschylus' Oresteia, Aristotle's Poetics, Virgil's Aeneid, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. These varied studies raise fascinating questions about genre, literary and artistic histories, and the suspension of disbelief required not only of readers of fantasy but also of students of antiquity. Ranging from harpies to hobbits, from Cyclopes to Cthulhu, and all manner of monster and myth in-between, this comparative study of Classics and fantasy reveals deep similarities between ancient and modern ways of imagining the world. Although antiquity and the present day differ in many ways, at its base, ancient literature resonates deeply with modern fantasy's image of worlds in flux and bodies in motion.
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Brett M. Rogers is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of several essays on Greek epic and drama, as well as classical receptions in contemporary media (including film, television, and comics). He was also co-editor of Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (OUP 2015). Benjamin Eldon Stevens is the author of Silence in Catullus (Wisconsin UP 2013) and numerous articles on classical receptions, Latin poetry, and linguistics and its history. With Brett M. Rogers, he co-edited Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (OUP 2015). Currently at Trinity University, he has also taught at Bryn Mawr College and Hollins University, and Bard College, including for the Bard Prison Initiative.
Introduction: Fantasies of Antiquity Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University PART I: Classical Apparitions in (Pre-)Modern Fantasy 1. Classical Epic and the Poetics of Modern Fantasy Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College 2. Theorizing Fantasy: Enchantment, Parody, and the Classical Tradition...58 Cecilie Flugt, Danish Academy in Rome 3. The Mirror Crack'd: Fractured Classicisms in the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian Illustration....77 Genevieve S. Gessert, American Academy in Rome 4. Classical Antiquity and the Timeless Horrors of H. P. Lovecraft...... 109 Robinson Peter Krämer, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn PART II: False Medievalism & Other Ancient Fantasies 5. Ancient Underworlds in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit...138 Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University 6. C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" and Apuleius' Metamorphoses...171 Jeff Winkle, Calvin College 7. A Time for Fantasy: Retelling Apuleius in in C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces......190 Marcus Folch, Columbia University PART III: Children and (Other) Ancient Monsters 8. The Classical Pantheon in Children's Fantasy Literature ...224 Sarah Annes Brown, Anglia Ruskin University 9. Orestes & the Half-Blood Prince: Ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter SeriesL....249 Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound 10. Filthy Harpies and Fictive Knowledge in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy....281 Antonia Syson, Purdue University 11. Girls in Bears' Clothing in Greek Mythology and Disney/Pixar's Brave...303 Elizabeth Manwell, Kalamazoo College PART IV: (Post)Modern Fantasies of Antiquity 12. Fantasies of Mimnermos in Anne Carson's "The Brainsex Paintings" (Plainwater)....329 Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Pomona College 13. Aeneas' American New World in Jo Graham's Black Ships.....354 Jennifer A. Rea, University of Florida 14. Genre, Mimesis, and Virgilian Intertext in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire..........378 Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, University of Texas-Austin Works Cited.... 403

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