Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood (Paperback)
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Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 09/04/2009
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Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood is a comprehensive literary biography of Helen of Troy, which explores the ways in which her story has been told and retold in almost every century from the ancient world to the modern day.* Takes readers on an epic voyage into the literary representations of a woman who has wielded a great influence on Western cultural consciousness for more than three millennia* Features a wide and diverse variety of literary sources, including epic, drama, novels, poems, film, comedy, and opera, and works by Homer, Euripides, Chaucer, Shakespeare* Includes an analysis of a radio play by the prize-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and a Faust play by a contemporary Scottish playwright* Explores themes such as narrative difficulties in portraying Helen, how legal history relates to her story, and how writers apportion blame or exculpate her* Considers the aesthetic and narrative difficulties that ensue when literature translates myth

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9781405126359
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 418 g
Dimensions: 226 x 153 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"M.'s survey is impressively broad in scope ... .An impressive achievement." (The Classical Journal, February 2010) "Erudite and entertaining ... .We are certainly better equipped to understand the phenomenon of such a mysterious narrative lacuna by the end of Maguire's inspirational book." (The Times Literary Supplement, November 2009) "Combining wit, learning, and insight, Maguire offers delightful reading both for the specialist and for the serious general reader." (Library Journal, May 2009)

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