Classics and National Cultures

Classics and National Cultures

by Susan A. Stephens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199212988

ISBN-13: 9780199212989

Pub. Date: 08/06/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The texts, ideas, images, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome have always been crucial to attempts to appropriate the past in order to authenticate the present. They underlie the mapping of change and the assertion and challenging of values and identities, old and new. Classical Presences brings the latest scholarship to bear on the contexts, theory,

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The texts, ideas, images, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome have always been crucial to attempts to appropriate the past in order to authenticate the present. They underlie the mapping of change and the assertion and challenging of values and identities, old and new. Classical Presences brings the latest scholarship to bear on the contexts, theory, and practice of such use, and abuse, of the classical past.

This book seeks to understand the ways in which national cultures have engaged with classical Greece and Rome, and how classical cultures have contributed to the idea of nations and nationalisms. What impact does the classical past have on ideas of the nation, nationhood, nationality, and what effect does the national space have on classical culture" How has classical culture been imagined in various national traditions, what importance has it had within them, and for whom" In this volume of essays an international team of scholars investigate these vexed relationships. A key feature of the collection is the expanded range of national cultures, old and new, that are considered in relation to Classics-not just those of Germany, Greece, and Italy, but also China, India, Mexico, Japan, and South Africa, among other regions. Classics and National Cultures poses new questions for the study of antiquity and for the history of nations and nationalisms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199212989
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/06/2010
Series:
Classical Presences Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

List of Illustrations xiii

Introduction 1

1 'out of eure sanscreed into oure eryan': Ireland, the Classics, and Independence Nicholas Allen 16

2 Marooned Mandarins: Freud, Classical Education, and the Jews of Vienna Richard H. Armstrong 34

3 Classical Culture for a Classical Country: Scholarship and the Past in Vincenzo Cuoco's Plato in Italy Giovanna Ceserani 59

4 Classical Education and the Early American Democratic Style Joy Connolly 78

5 Mimicry and Classical Allusion in V.S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men Emily Greenwood 100

6 Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930 Constanze Güthenke 121

7 Eastern European Nations, Western Culture, and the Classical Tradition Asen Kirin 141

8 The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination Andrew Laird 163

9 Unbuilding the Acropolis in Greek Literature Vassilis Lambropoulos 182

10 How to Build a National Epic: Digenes Akrites and the Song of Roland Fernanda Moore 199

11 Heraclitus on the Highveld: The Universalism (Ancient and Modern) of T.J. Haarhoff Grant Parker 217

12 Auerbach, Homer, and the Jews James I. Porter 235

13 Contestatory Classics in 1920s China Haun Saussy 258

14 The New Alexandrian Library Susan A. Stephens 267

15 Translatio and Difference: Western Classics in Modern Japan Yasunari Takada 285

16 Alexander Sikandar Phiroze Vasunia 302

Bibliography 325

Index 361

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