Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures: The Journey Home

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Addressed to both classicists and students of modern culture, Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures: The Journey Home traces the Odyssey’s central theme of homecoming in a wide range of narratives from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Accounts of the journey home in novels, plays, lyric poems, paintings, and a television series explore the challenges of returning from a long absence to reclaim a former life.
 
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Overview


Addressed to both classicists and students of modern culture, Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures: The Journey Home traces the Odyssey’s central theme of homecoming in a wide range of narratives from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Accounts of the journey home in novels, plays, lyric poems, paintings, and a television series explore the challenges of returning from a long absence to reclaim a former life.
 
These retellings raise fresh questions about the relationship between home and the identities we expect to find rooted there and stress the elusiveness of a satisfying homecoming. They remind us that the Odyssey’s happy ending is itself qualified by the hero’s unsettled future, the violence of his return, and the independent desires of his friends and family members. At the same time, they highlight new obstacles to homecoming posed by the modern world with its political and economic upheavals, newly configured family relations and gender roles, and diminished confidence in the stability of identity. The authors discussed include Charlotte Yonge, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, George Seferis, Yannis Ritsos, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Frazier, W. B. Sebald, Marilynne Robinson, and Zachary Mason.
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“This collection makes an important contribution to the scholarship on the reception of Homer’s Odyssey. The individual essays are expertly done and reflect a high level of scholarship. Each offers a compelling reading both of the ancient text and its modern adaptation.” —Angeliki Tzanetou, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814212486
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Series: Classical Memories/Modern Identitie Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Hunter Gardner is associate professor of Classics at the University of South Carolina. Sheila Murnaghan is Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek at the University of Pennsylvania.

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