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Ancient worlds in film and television; gender and politics.


Ancient worlds in film and television; gender and politics.

Ed. by Almut-Barbara Renger and Jon Solomon.



332 pages



Studies in the reception of classical antiquity


The first volume of the new series Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity, this collection examines the gendered and political implications of representations of Greco-Roman antiquity in cinema, television, and video. Fifteen papers are presented by editors Renger (Freie U. Berlin, Germany) and Solomon (U. of Illinois, US) that address such topics as: Hollywood representations of antiquity as codification of American notions of manifest destiny, the social construction of masculinity in filmic depictions of Spartacus, gender and gender relations in Zack Snyder's 300, cultural hybridity and portrayals of Cleopatra on film, depictions of masculinities in Wolfgang Peterson's Troy, the controversy over the depiction of the Hindu god Krishna as helping a lesbian couple in an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, and the incorporation of the Hesiodic Pandora tradition in Albert Lewin's Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.

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Title Annotation:Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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