Ancient Greek Women in Film

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This volume examines cinematic representations of ancient Greek women from the realms of myth and history. It discusses how these female figures are resurrected on the big screen by different filmmakers during different historical moments, and are therefore embedded within a narrative which serves various purposes, depending on the director of the film, its screenwriters, the studio, the country of its origin, and the sociopolitical context at the time of its production.

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Overview


This volume examines cinematic representations of ancient Greek women from the realms of myth and history. It discusses how these female figures are resurrected on the big screen by different filmmakers during different historical moments, and are therefore embedded within a narrative which serves various purposes, depending on the director of the film, its screenwriters, the studio, the country of its origin, and the sociopolitical context at the time of its production.

Using a diverse array of hermeneutic approaches (such as gender theory, feminist criticism, psychoanalysis, viewer-response theory, and personal voice criticism), the essays aim to cast light on cinema's investments in the classical past and decode the mechanisms whereby the women under examination are extracted from their original context and are brought to life to serve as vehicles for the articulation of modern ideas, concerns, and cultural trends. The volume thus aims to investigate not only how antiquity on the screen depicts, and in this process distorts, compresses, contests, and revises, antiquity on the page but also, more crucially, why the medium follows such eclectic representational strategies vis-a-vis the classical world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199678921
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Classical Presences Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos is Assistant Professor of Latin and Ancient Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He has published a number of articles in the fields of Roman elegy, ancient history on film, and the classical tradition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
List of Figures
Introduction
Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos

I. Helen
1. Gazing at Helen: Helen as Polysemous Icon in Robert Wise's Helen of Troy and Michael Cacoyannis' The Trojan Women, Bella Vivante
2. 'Third Cheerleader from the Left': From Homer's Helen to Helen of Troy, Ruby Blondell

II. Medea
3. Medea's Erotic Text in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Kirk Ormand
4. Pasolini's Medea: A Twentieth Century Tragedy, Susan O. Shapiro
5. Rebel and Martyr: The Medea of Lars von Trier, Annette M. Baertschi

III. Penelope
6. 'Madonna and Whore': The Many Faces of Penelope in Camerini's Ulisse (1954), Joanna Paul
7. Why is Penelope Still Waiting? The Missing Feminist Reappraisal of the Odyssey in Cinema: 1963-2007, Edith Hall

IV. Other Mythical Women
8. The Women of Ercole, Arthur J. Pomeroy
9. Annihilating Clytemnestra: The Severing of the Mother-Daughter Bond in Michael Cacoyannis' Iphigenia (1977), Anastasia Bakogianni
10. Mythic Women in Tony Harrison's Prometheus, Hallie Rebecca Marshall

V. Historical Women
11. Between Family and the Nation: Gorgo in the Cinema, Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos
12. Representing Olympias: The Politics of Gender in Cinematic Treatments of Alexander the Great, Kirsten Day
13. 'An Almost All Greek Thing': Cleopatra VII and Hollywood Imagination, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Bibliography
Index

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