Classical Mythology in English Literature

A Critical Anthology

Author: Geoffrey Miles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134754639

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 472

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Classical Mythology in English Literature brings together a range of English versions of three classical myths. It allows students to explore the ways in which they have been reinterpreted and reinvented by writers throughout history. Beginning with a concise introduction to the principle Greco-Roman gods and heroes, the anthology then focuses on three stories: * Orpheus, the great musician and his quest to free his wife Eurydice from death * Venus and Adonis, the love goddess and the beautiful youth she loved * Pygmalion, the master sculptor who fell in love with his creation. Each section begins with the classical sources and ends with contemporary versions, showing how each myth has been used/abused or appropriated since its origins

Greek Mythology

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A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology

Author: Vanda Zajko,Helena Hoyle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119072115

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology presents a collection of essays that explore a wide variety of aspects of Greek and Roman myths and their critical reception from antiquity to the present day. Reveals the importance of mythography to the survival, dissemination, and popularization of classical myth from the ancient world to the present day Features chronologically organized essays that address different sets of myths that were important in each historical era, along with their thematic relevance Features chronologically organized essays that address different sets of myths that were important in each historical era, along with their thematic relevance Offers a series of carefully selected in-depth readings, including both popular and less well-known examples

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Helen Morales

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579335

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Galatea's Emancipation: The Transformation of the Pygmalion Myth in Anglo-Saxon Literature since the 20th Century

Author: Stefanie Eck

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954895994

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 43

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The Pygmalion myth, most famously told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, has always fascinated artists. This fascination, due to the erotic potential of the story, resulted in an abundance of patriarchal re-narrations from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century. With the turn of the 20th century, however, the Pygmalion stories gradually changed under the influence of feminist thought and emancipation. The woman created by Pygmalion no longer remained a passive creature but began to resist her master and his male fantasies, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes in open rebellion. The study at hand focuses on the development of the tale in the Anglo-Saxon literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. The author will analyze some of these modern Pygmalion versions, written by George Bernard Shaw, Carol Ann Duffy and Neil LaBute amongst other significant author

Pygmalion’s Metamorphosis and Galatea’s Revenge: Feminist Revisions of Ovid’s Pygmalion Myth in British and American Literature since the 20th Century

Author: Stefanie Eck

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656364303

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 40

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,5, University of Regensburg, language: English, abstract: The myth of Pygmalion as told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses contains, according to Geoffrey Miles, “one of the most potent male fantasies” – that is the creation “of a perfectly beautiful woman designed to the lover’s specifications and utterly devoted to her creator”. The fact that Pygmalion’s literally man-made lover comes to life at the end of the story probably was the reason for artists’ fascination with the myth. Ever since antiquity, patriarchal literature produced countless renarrations of the story about Pygmalion’s love for his statue, and most of them were especially intrigued with the erotic potential of Ovid’s tale. Yet this leads to the question how the awakening of feminist thought since the early 20th century influenced the myth’s reception. More precisely, how did feminist versions of the tale alter its content and the relationship of its protagonists? This question forms the basis of this thesis paper which will examine, by means of several Pygmalion versions of the 20th and 21st centuries, the myth’s development from a patriarchal towards a feminist tale. Texts by authors like Angela Carter, Neil LaBute, G.B. Shaw and others will be analysed.

Frauen aus Männerhand

ein Paradigma in der englischen und amerikanischen Literatur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: Susanne Frane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783868211016

Category: American literature

Page: 458

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The Scriblerian

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Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

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Pygmalion and Galatea

The History of a Narrative in English Literature

Author: Essaka Joshua

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Pygmalion and Galatea presents an account of the development of the Pygmalion story from its origins in early Greek myth until the twentieth century. It focuses on the use of the story in nineteenth-century British literature, exploring gender issues, the nature of artistic creativity and the morality of Greek art.

Alumni Cantabrigienses

A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900

Author: John Venn

Publisher: Thoemmes Press

ISBN: 9781855068926

Category: Education

Page: 5700

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Alumni Cantabrigienses is the biographical dictionary for all students who attended Cambridge University from its beginnings up until 1900. Invaluable to the historian or genealogist, it is often the only source of information available on many lesser-known writers and thinkers (theologians, lawyers, politicians, doctors, scientists, civil servants, and so on), figures whose lifetime achievements it would otherwise be almost impossible to discover. Containing details of thousands of major and 'minor' British figures covering a 400-year period, the work is divided into two periods (up to 1751 and 1752--1900), with each part arranged alphabetically by surname. Considering the large majority of the educated population of Britain pre-1800 attended either Oxford or Cambridge, Alumni Cantabrigienses is a key source for information on many of the country's most important figures and is cited in most biographical dictionaries whether they be theological, legal, political or philosophical. Regarded as unique and highly accurate, this reference source should be available to all historical and biographical researchers. This essential work belongs next to Alumni Oxonienses on the reference shelves of every academic and public library. A unique resource, the alphabeticized entry layout gives the following details: Full name; Parentage; Birthplace; Date of birth; Record of their Degrees; Positions held; Honours; Death date; and cross-referencing with other biographical reference works such as obituaries and bibliographies, enabling the researcher to pursue further lines of enquiry. --unique, primary reference work with details of thousands of famous and lesser-known British people from the Middle Ages up until the end of the Victorian era --essential companion work to Alumni Oxonienses --scarce in major libraries with only 500 copies of the original edition printed --important work for genealogists, biographers, historians and librarians --cross-references with other biographical reference works

The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

Author: Jennifer R. March

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mythology, Classical

Page: 590

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"These are the strangest tales of love, war, betrayal and heroism ever told, here retold by Jenny March, who also shows how they echo through the works of much later writers, from Spenser and Shakespeare to Camus and Yeats. All the heroes, monsters and villains, gods and goddesses of classical civilization are here; all the stories of the Greek tragedies - Oedipus, Medea, Antigone and many more; all the events of the Trojan wars and of Odysseus and Aeneas' epic journeys; and the founding of Athens and of Rome." "With illustrations and maps of legendary Greece and of the constellations, The Penguin Book of Classical Myths is a vivid guide to the world's most unforgettable myths and legends."--BOOK JACKET.


Im Auftrage der Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft

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Publisher: N.A


Category: Music

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The Victorians and the Ancient World

Archaeology and Classicism in Nineteenth-century Culture

Author: Richard Pearson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub


Category: History

Page: 208

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In the nineteenth century, the ancient world became a very real presence for many writers and their publics, from the theatre-goers of popular pantomime to the intellectual thinkers in the academic and critical journals. The pre-eminence of the worlds of Greece and Rome was challenged by the discovery of Egyptian and Assyrian cultures, amongst other pre-Greek civilisations, and the worlds were brought to life in a series of high profile archaeological excavations and cultural exhibitions. Alongside the growing modernity of the Age of Steam, the whole of society was exposed to antiquity; architecture, painting, theatre, fiction and poetry, drew inspiration from the stories of the ancient writers, whilst the new museums and academies translated newly discovered languages and texts and excavated rediscovered ancient sites. The great civilisations, brimming with their own art and sculpted histories, were, however, contrasted by the traces of local, pre-civilised cultures of the West that existed before the coming of the Romans or in the Dark Ages immediately after their departure. The sense of a barbarity in man's past, a primitivism even, that may also be a survival into the modern age gradually grew in the Victorian mind as it uncovered the ancient sites of Britain and the prehistoric peoples of the Continent. It is during the post-Darwinian era of theories of social evolution, anthropology and ethnology that British and prehistorical archaeology began to find a public audience. This volume provides a series of readings from different disciplines that explore the presence of the ancient in nineteenth-century culture. The chapters demonstrate the range of the Victorian cultural preoccupation with civilisation and its primitive counterpoint and offer a combination of analyses of specific cultural events or traits, readings of particular Victorian texts and documents, and studies of exemplary Victorian figures and their personal engagements with antiquity. The book has been arranged to begin with archaeology and end with literary refashionings of the Classical, but the intertwinings of these elements in the Victorian period, as shown here, made the reaction to antiquity often an anxious and complex one.

Oxford readings in Greek religion

Author: R. G. A. Buxton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 372

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Essays survey ancient Greek religion, including the relationship between religion and the state, archaeological discoveries and what they reveal, the influence of myth on religious practices, and gender differences in religious life.


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Category: Psychoanalysis

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An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics

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Category: English poetry

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Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Category: Academic libraries

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