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Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn? (Classical Presences)


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Classics in the Modern World brings together a collection of distinguished international contributors to discuss the features and implications of a "democratic turn" in modern perceptions of ancient Greece and Rome. It examines how Greek and Roman material has been involved with issues of democracy, both in political culture and in the greater diffusion of classics in recent times outside the elite classes.

By looking at individual case studies from theatre, film, fiction, TV, radio, museums, and popular media, and through area studies that consider trends over time in particular societies, the volume explores the relationship between Greek and Roman ways of thinking and modern definitions of democratic practices and approaches, enabling a wider re-evaluation of the role of ancient Greece and Rome in the modern world.

About the Author

Lorna Hardwick is Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies at the Open University. She has published books and articles on Greek drama and on Greek and Latin poetry and historiography and its reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is editor of the Classical Receptions Journal and co-series editor of the Classical Presences series (OUP).

Stephen Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Latin Literature in the University of Oxford. He is author of books on Vergil, Horace, and Apuleius and of a range of pieces on classical reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Section 1: Controversies and debates

1. Questioning the democratic, and demoscratic questioning, Katherine Harloe

2. Against the Democratic Turn: Counter-texts; Counter-contexts; Counter- arguments, Lorna Hardwick

3. Conflicts of democracy and citizenship: Between the Greek and the Roman Political Legacies, Aleka Lianeri

4. The Reception of the Roman-Dutch Law of Treason in South Africa, John Hilton

5. Labour and the Classics: Plato and Crossman in Dialogue, Michael Simpson

Section 2: Area Study The United States

6. Appropriations of Cicero and Cato in the Making of American Civic Identity, Barbara Lawatsch Melton

7. The Weapon of Oratory, Margaret Malamud

8. Civilization versus Savagery at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Robert Davis

9. Expansion of Tragedy as Critique, Nancy S. Rabinowitz

10. Investigating American women's engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity, and expanding the circle of 'classicists', Judith P. Hallett

Section 3: Education: Ideologies, Practices and Contexts

11. The Democratic Turn in (and through) pedagogy: a case study of the Cambridge Latin Course, Joanna Paul

12. Classics in African Education : the rhetoric of colonial commissions, Barbara Goff

13. Back to the demos. An 'anti-classical' approach to Classics, Martina Treu

Section 4: Greek Drama in Modern Performance: Democracy, Culture and Tradition

14. Can 'Democratic' Stagings of Modern Greek Drama be Authentic?, Mary-Kay Gamel

15. The triumph of demotike: the triumph of Medea, Anastasia Bakogianni

16. Aristophanes in Performance as an all-inclusive event': audience participation and celebration in the modern staging of Aristophanic comedy, Angeliki Varakis

17. Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance: Ancient Greek Drama on the Israeli Stage, Nurit Yaari

18. The Silence of Eurydice: case study for a 'topology of democracy', Dorinda Hulton

Section 5: Creativity female agency in fiction on poetry

19. Ovidian Metamorphoses in the Fiction of A. S. Byatt, Fiona Cox

20. Catullus and Lesbia translated in women's historical novels, Elena Theodorakopoulos

21. Female Voices: the democratic turn in Ali Smith's classical reception, Fiona Cox and Elena Theodorakopoulos

Section 6: The Public Imagination

22. Heroes or Villains: The Gracchi, Reform and the Nineteenth-Century Press, Sarah Butler

23. Democracy and popular media: classical receptions in 19th and 20th century political cartoons: statesmen, mythological figures and celebrated artworks, Alexandre G. Mitchell

24. Practising classical reception studies 'in the round': mass media engagements with antiquity and the 'democratic turn' towards the audience, Amanda Wrigley

25. In search of ancient myths: documentaries and the quest for the Homeric World, Antony Makrinos

26. Truth, Justice, and the Spartan Way : Affectations of Democracy in Frank Miller's 300, George A. Kovacs

27. A 'Democratic Turn' at the Ashmolean Museum, Susan Walker

28. All Mod Consa Power, Openness and Text in a Digital Turn

29. Afterword, S.Sara Monoson



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Hardwick, Lorna (edt)
Oxford University Press, USA
Harrison, Stephen
Hardwick, Lorna
Ancient - General
Classical Studies | Ancient History
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