Antiquity Now: The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination (Hardback)
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Antiquity Now: The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination (Hardback)

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Hardback 262 Pages
Published: 14/05/2015

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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521196260
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 254 x 181 x 17 mm


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'Every college library needs this book, as does everyone interested in classical reception, and every classicist should join Jenkins in reflecting how the classics still matter in popular culture.' Clayton Miles Lehmann, University of South Dakota

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