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Antiquity Now

The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination

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Antiquity Now by Thomas E. Jenkins
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Written in a lively and accessible style, Antiquity Now opens our gaze to the myriad uses and abuses of classical antiquity in contemporary fiction, film, comics, drama, television - and even internet forums. With every chapter focusing on a different aspect of classical reception - including sexuality, politics, gender and ethnicity - this book explores the ideological motivations behind contemporary American allusions to the classical world. Ultimately, this kaleidoscope of receptions - from calls for marriage equality to examinations of gang violence to passionate pleas for peace (or war) - reveals a 'classical antiquity' that reconfigures itself daily, as modernity explains itself to itself through ever-expanding technologies and media. Antiquity Now thus examines the often-surprising redeployment of the art and literature of the ancient world, a geography charged with especial value in the contemporary imagination.

Author Biography

Thomas E. Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in classical philology from Harvard University, Massachusetts, and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity University, Texas. He has published widely on classical texts, including his book Intercepted Letters: Epistolarity and Narrative in Greek and Roman Literature (2006), as well as articles on Ovid, Euripides, Homer, and especially classical reception. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, and winner of the inaugural Paul Rehak Award for his article on Lucian's Dialogues of the Courtesans. In 2013, Jenkins premiered a new stage version of Plautus' The Haunted House at the Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas.
Release date NZ
November 16th, 2017
Pages
261
Illustrations
24 Halftones, unspecified; 24 Halftones, black and white; 1 Line drawings, black and white
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Dimensions
170x244x15
ISBN-13
9780521154345
Product ID
26878219

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