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Classics and the Uses of Reception

Classics and the Uses of Reception

Charles Martindale (Editor), Richard F. Thomas (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-77544-8

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

352 pages

$48.99

Description

This landmark collection presents a wide variety of viewpoints on the value and role of reception theory within the modern discipline of classics.
  • A pioneering collection, looking at the role reception theory plays, or could play, within the modern discipline of classics.
  • Emphasizes theoretical aspects of reception.
  • Written by a wide range of contributors from young scholars to established figures, from Europe, the UK and the USA.
  • Draws on material from many different fields, from translation studies to the visual arts, and from politics to performance.
  • Sets the agenda for classics in the future.
List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: Thinking Through Reception (Charles Martindale).

1. Provocation: The Point of Reception Theory (William W. Batstone).

Part I. Reception in Theory.

2. Literary History as a Provocation to Reception Studies (Ralph Hexter).

3. Discipline and Receive; or, Making an Example out of Marsyas (Timothy Saunders).

4. Text, Theory, and Reception (Kenneth Haynes).

5. Surfing the Third Wave? Postfeminism and the Hermeneutics of Reception (Genevieve Liveley).

6. Allusion as Reception: Virgil, Milton, and the Modern Reader (Craig Kallendorf).

7. Hector and Andromache: Identification and Appropriation (Vanda Zajko).

8. Passing on the Panpipe: Genre and Reception (Mathilde Skoie).

9. True Histories: Lucien, Bakhtin, and the Pragmatics of Reception (Tim Whitmarsh).

10. The Uses of Reception: Derrida and the Historical Imperative (Miriam Leonard).

11. The Use and Abuse of Antiquity: The Politics and Morality of Appropriation (Katie Fleming).

Part II. Studies in Reception.

12. The Homeric Moment? Translation, Historicity, and the Meaning of the Classics (Alexandra Lianeri).

13. Looking for Ligurinus: An Italian Poet in the Nineteenth Century (Richard F. Thomas).

14. Foucault’s Antiquity (James I. Porter).

15. Fractured Understandings: Towards a History of Classical Reception Among Non-Elite Groups (Siobhán McElduff).

16. Decolonizing the Postcolonial Colonizers: Helen in Derek Walcott’s Omeros (Helen Kaufmann).

17. Remodeling Receptions: Greek Drama as Diaspora in Performance (Lorna Hardwick).

18. Reception, Performance, and the Sacrifice of Iphigenia (Pantelis Michelakis).

19. Reception and Ancient Art: The Case of the Venus de Milo (Elizabeth Prettejohn).

20. The Touch of Sappho (Simon Goldhill).

21. (At) the Visual Point of Reception: Anselm Feuerbach’s Das Gastmahl des Platon; or, Philosophy in Paint (John Henderson).

22. Afterword: The Uses of "Reception" (Duncan F. Kennedy).

Bibliography.

Index.

?Classics has a particular stake in critical thought that addresses the problem of our (as classicists and readers) historical alienation from the texts we read.? (Classics Journal Online, September 2009)

"There is much of great value scattered throughout the volume." (The Classical Review, 2008)

"This collection of essays, a volume in the Classical Reception Series edited by Maria Wyke, deserves the close attention of anyone with an interest in reception studies and in particular in reception theory." (Journal of Hellenic Studies, February 2009)

"[A] landmark collection ... The volume as a whole offers readers an enriched theoretical understanding of reception and its uses." (Fabula)

"This body of work is not just a coordinated foray into someone else's territory; students of classical reception are writing a collective autobiography and developing a new charter for our discipline." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)


  • A pioneering collection, looking at the role reception theory plays, or could play, within the modern discipline of classics
  • Presents a wide variety of different viewpoints about the value and use of reception within classics
  • Emphasizes theoretical aspects of reception
  • Written by a wide range of contributors from young scholars to established figures, from Europe, the UK and the USA
  • Draws on material from many different fields, from translation studies to the visual arts, and from politics to performance
  • Sets the agenda for classics in the future