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Ovid's Myth of Pygmalion on Screen: In Pursuit of the Perfect Woman (reprint, 2011).


Ovid's Myth of Pygmalion on Screen: In Pursuit of the Perfect Woman (reprint, 2011)

Paula James

Bloomsbury Academic


235 pages


Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception


James begins by looking at the layers of identity in Ovid's Pygmalion myth, then surveys themes from it that have appeared in cinema. She covers making and breaking the statue on screen, the made-over woman as comedy, the statue as screen goddess, the horror and humor of Pygmalion's robots, a simulacrum among simulacra, hi and lo tech gals of the computer screen, and more myth making at the movies. One of her goals is to show students how modern presentations of classical myths can reveal dimension of the original that had previously remained obscure. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception
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Date:Sep 1, 2014
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