Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Grafting Helen: The Abduction of the Classical Past (Paperback)
  • Grafting Helen: The Abduction of the Classical Past (Paperback)
zoom

Grafting Helen: The Abduction of the Classical Past (Paperback)

£21.95
Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 31/12/2001
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Classicism = cultural embezziement? History is a love story: a tale of desire and jealousy, abandonment and fidelity, abduction and theft, rupture and reconciliation. This contention is central is central to Grafting Helen, Matthew Gumpert's original and dazzling meditation on Helen of Troy as a crucial emblem for much of Western thought and literature. Grafting Helen looks at ""classicism"" - the privileged thetorical language for describing cultural origins in the West - as a protracted form of cultural embezzlement. No coin of the realm has been more valuable, more circulated, more coveted, or more counterfeited than the one that bears the face of Helen of Troy. Gumpert uncovers Helen as the emblem for the past as something to be stolen, appropriated, imitated, extorted, and coverted once again. Tracing the figure of Helen from its classical origins through the Middle Ages, the French Renaissance, and the modern era, Gumpert suggests that the relation of current Western culture to the past is not like the act of coveting; it is the act of coveting, he argues, for it relies on the same strategies, the same defenses, the same denials, and the same delusions.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299171247
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm

You may also be interested in...

Jung: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
My Future Listography
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Recipe for Life
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Midnight In Sicily
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
A Russian Journal
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The History of Sexuality
Added to basket
The Scottish Enlightenment
Added to basket
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
Added to basket
Feminism: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
The Songlines
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Revolution In The Head
Added to basket
Eating Animals
Added to basket
How England Made the English
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.