Br. M. Rogers et B. Eldon Stevens, Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

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Brett M. Rogers et Benjamin Eldon Stevens (éd.), Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
384 pages
ISBN : 9780190610067
22,99 £


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.


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 (Cecilie Flugt, Danish Academy in Rome)
3. The Mirror Crack'd: Fractured Classicisms in the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian Illustration (Genevieve S. Gessert, American Academy in Rome)
4. Classical Antiquity and the Timeless Horrors of H. P. Lovecraft (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 (Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University)
6. C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" and Apuleius' Metamorphoses (Jeff Winkle, Calvin College)
7. A Time for Fantasy: Retelling Apuleius in in C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces (Marcus Folch, Columbia University)

PART III: Children and (Other) Ancient Monsters
8. The Classical Pantheon in Children's Fantasy Literature (Sarah Annes Brown, Anglia Ruskin University)
9. Orestes & the Half-Blood Prince: Ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter SeriesL (Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound)
10. Filthy Harpies and Fictive Knowledge in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy (Antonia Syson, Purdue University)
11. Girls in Bears' Clothing in Greek Mythology and Disney/Pixar's Brave (Elizabeth Manwell, Kalamazoo College)

PART IV: (Post)Modern Fantasies of Antiquity
12. Fantasies of Mimnermos in Anne Carson's "The Brainsex Paintings" (Plainwater) (Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Pomona College)
13. Aeneas' American New World in Jo Graham's Black Ships (Jennifer A. Rea, University of Florida)
14. Genre, Mimesis, and Virgilian Intertext in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, University of Texas-Austin)
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Source : Oxford University Press