Classical Mythology in English Literature

A Critical Anthology

Author: Geoffrey Miles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134754639

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 472

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Classical Mythology in English Literature brings together a range of English versions of three classical myths. It allows students to explore the ways in which they have been reinterpreted and reinvented by writers throughout history. Beginning with a concise introduction to the principle Greco-Roman gods and heroes, the anthology then focuses on three stories: * Orpheus, the great musician and his quest to free his wife Eurydice from death * Venus and Adonis, the love goddess and the beautiful youth she loved * Pygmalion, the master sculptor who fell in love with his creation. Each section begins with the classical sources and ends with contemporary versions, showing how each myth has been used/abused or appropriated since its origins
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Greek Mythology

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Publisher: PediaPress



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A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology

Author: Vanda Zajko,Helena Hoyle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119072115

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

View: 7837

A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology presents a collection of essays that explore a wide variety of aspects of Greek and Roman myths and their critical reception from antiquity to the present day. Reveals the importance of mythography to the survival, dissemination, and popularization of classical myth from the ancient world to the present day Features chronologically organized essays that address different sets of myths that were important in each historical era, along with their thematic relevance Features chronologically organized essays that address different sets of myths that were important in each historical era, along with their thematic relevance Offers a series of carefully selected in-depth readings, including both popular and less well-known examples
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Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Helen Morales

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579335

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Galatea's Emancipation: The Transformation of the Pygmalion Myth in Anglo-Saxon Literature since the 20th Century

Author: Stefanie Eck

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954895994

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 43

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The Pygmalion myth, most famously told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, has always fascinated artists. This fascination, due to the erotic potential of the story, resulted in an abundance of patriarchal re-narrations from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century. With the turn of the 20th century, however, the Pygmalion stories gradually changed under the influence of feminist thought and emancipation. The woman created by Pygmalion no longer remained a passive creature but began to resist her master and his male fantasies, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes in open rebellion. The study at hand focuses on the development of the tale in the Anglo-Saxon literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. The author will analyze some of these modern Pygmalion versions, written by George Bernard Shaw, Carol Ann Duffy and Neil LaBute amongst other significant author
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The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

Author: Roberto Calasso

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804151342

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Presenting the stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, in all their variants, Calasso also uncovers the distant origins of secrets and tragedy, virginity, and rape. "A perfect work like no other. (Calasso) has re-created . . . the morning of our world."--Gore Vidal. 15 engravings.
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Anthology of Classical Myth

Primary Sources in Translation

Author: Stephen M. Trzaskoma,R. Scott Smith,Stephen Brunet

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1624664997

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 680

View: 7268

This new edition of Anthology of Classical Myth offers selections from key Near Eastern texts—the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic of Creation (Enuma Elish), and Atrahasis; the Hittite Song of Emergence; and the flood story from the book of Genesis—thereby enabling students to explore the many similarities between ancient Greek and Mesopotamian mythology and enhancing its reputation as the best and most complete collection of its kind.
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Classical Mythology in Context

Author: Associate Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies Lisa Maurizio,Lisa Maurizio

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199782833


Page: 712

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"Written for the way instructors teach and students learn, Classical Mythology in Context provides a truly contextualized treatment of classical myth that combines ancient sources, comparative perspectives, and modern and theoretical interpretations"--
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Literature and Film as Modern Mythology

Author: William K. Ferrell

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9780275968137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Explores of the relationship between contemporary literature and film and the ancient myths of Greek, Celtic, Semitic, and Hindu origin.
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A Story as Sharp as a Knife

The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World

Author: Robert Bringhurst

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

ISBN: 1553658396

Category: Fiction

Page: 541

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A seminal collection of Haida myths and legends; now in a gorgeous new package. The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. Together they created a great treasury of Haida oral literature in written form. Having worked for many years with these century-old manuscripts, linguist and poet Robert Bringhurst brings both rigorous scholarship and a literary voice to the English translation of John Swanton's careful work. He sets the stories in a rich context that reaches out to dozens of native oral literatures and to myth-telling traditions around the globe. Attractively redesigned, this collection of First Nations oral literature is an important cultural record for future generations of Haida, scholars and other interested readers. It won the Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and it was chosen as the Literary Editor's Book of the Year by the Times of London. Bringhurst brings these works to life in the English language and sets them in a context just as rich as the stories themselves one that reaches out to dozens of Native American oral literatures, and to mythtelling traditions around the world.
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The Scriblerian

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

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The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

Author: Jennifer R. March

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mythology, Classical

Page: 590

View: 9245

"These are the strangest tales of love, war, betrayal and heroism ever told, here retold by Jenny March, who also shows how they echo through the works of much later writers, from Spenser and Shakespeare to Camus and Yeats. All the heroes, monsters and villains, gods and goddesses of classical civilization are here; all the stories of the Greek tragedies - Oedipus, Medea, Antigone and many more; all the events of the Trojan wars and of Odysseus and Aeneas' epic journeys; and the founding of Athens and of Rome." "With illustrations and maps of legendary Greece and of the constellations, The Penguin Book of Classical Myths is a vivid guide to the world's most unforgettable myths and legends."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Rise of Modern Mythology, 1680-1860

Author: Burton Feldman,Robert D. Richardson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253201881

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 564

View: 2986

Presents literary excerpts and readings which analyze and debate the origin, interpretation and validity of mythological theories
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The Literature of Ancient Sumer

Author: Jeremy A. Black

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199296330

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 372

View: 6405

This anthology of Sumerian literature constitutes the most comprehensive collection ever published, and includes examples of most of the different types of composition written in the language, from narrative myths and lyrical hymns to proverbs and love poetry. The translations have benefited both from the work of many scholars and from our ever-increasing understanding of Sumerian. In addition to reflecting the advances made by modern scholarship, the translations are written in clear, accessible English. An extensive introduction discusses the literary qualities of the works, the people who created and copied them in ancient Iraq, and how the study of Sumerian literature has evolved over the last 150 years.
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Theories of Mythology

Author: Eric Csapo

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631232476

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

View: 966

Theories of Mythology provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth, the most elementary form of narrative. Both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth. Introduces the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day. Covers comparative approaches, psychoanalysis, ritual theories of myth, structuralism, and ideological analysis. Supplies readers with the theoretical tools for imitating each method. Features detailed exemplary readings of familiar myths.
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Pygmalion and Galatea

The History of a Narrative in English Literature

Author: Essaka Joshua

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Pygmalion and Galatea presents an account of the development of the Pygmalion story from its origins in early Greek myth until the twentieth century. It focuses on the use of the story in nineteenth-century British literature, exploring gender issues, the nature of artistic creativity and the morality of Greek art.
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Demeter and Persephone

Lessons from a Myth

Author: Tamara Agha-Jaffar

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786413430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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The classical Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone as told in Homer's Hymn to Demeter has been used most often to explain the cycle of the seasons. However, a closer examination will reveal insights on living and dying, loss and reconciliation, and suffering and healing. This work demostrates the continued importance and relevance of the myth of Demeter and Persephone to today's society. The first three chapters provide a summary of the Homeric story and examine the myth from the perspectives of the mother and daughter. The following chapters discuss the symbolism of critical objects, the role of female mentoring, the role of Hades and the meaning of the underworld, the subject of rape, and the masculinist perspective presented by Zeus and Helios, and derive lessons useful for healing and knowledge. The Hymn to Demeter as translated by Helene Foley is included as an appendix in order to provide a basis for the discussion in the text. Notes and a bibliography also follow the text.
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Oxford readings in Greek religion

Author: R. G. A. Buxton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 372

View: 2579

Essays survey ancient Greek religion, including the relationship between religion and the state, archaeological discoveries and what they reveal, the influence of myth on religious practices, and gender differences in religious life.
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The Victorians and the Ancient World

Archaeology and Classicism in Nineteenth-century Culture

Author: Richard Pearson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub


Category: History

Page: 208

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In the nineteenth century, the ancient world became a very real presence for many writers and their publics, from the theatre-goers of popular pantomime to the intellectual thinkers in the academic and critical journals. The pre-eminence of the worlds of Greece and Rome was challenged by the discovery of Egyptian and Assyrian cultures, amongst other pre-Greek civilisations, and the worlds were brought to life in a series of high profile archaeological excavations and cultural exhibitions. Alongside the growing modernity of the Age of Steam, the whole of society was exposed to antiquity; architecture, painting, theatre, fiction and poetry, drew inspiration from the stories of the ancient writers, whilst the new museums and academies translated newly discovered languages and texts and excavated rediscovered ancient sites. The great civilisations, brimming with their own art and sculpted histories, were, however, contrasted by the traces of local, pre-civilised cultures of the West that existed before the coming of the Romans or in the Dark Ages immediately after their departure. The sense of a barbarity in man's past, a primitivism even, that may also be a survival into the modern age gradually grew in the Victorian mind as it uncovered the ancient sites of Britain and the prehistoric peoples of the Continent. It is during the post-Darwinian era of theories of social evolution, anthropology and ethnology that British and prehistorical archaeology began to find a public audience. This volume provides a series of readings from different disciplines that explore the presence of the ancient in nineteenth-century culture. The chapters demonstrate the range of the Victorian cultural preoccupation with civilisation and its primitive counterpoint and offer a combination of analyses of specific cultural events or traits, readings of particular Victorian texts and documents, and studies of exemplary Victorian figures and their personal engagements with antiquity. The book has been arranged to begin with archaeology and end with literary refashionings of the Classical, but the intertwinings of these elements in the Victorian period, as shown here, made the reaction to antiquity often an anxious and complex one.
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