Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World [NOOK Book]

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This dynamic collection of original essays by leading international film scholars and classicists addresses the provocative representation of sexuality in the ancient world on screen. Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers have returned to the history, mythology, and literature of Greek and Roman antiquity as the ideal site for narratives of erotic adventure and displays of sexual excess. A critical reader on the creative approaches used to screen sexuality in classical settings, contributors utilize case ...

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Overview

This dynamic collection of original essays by leading international film scholars and classicists addresses the provocative representation of sexuality in the ancient world on screen. Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers have returned to the history, mythology, and literature of Greek and Roman antiquity as the ideal site for narratives of erotic adventure and displays of sexual excess. A critical reader on the creative approaches used to screen sexuality in classical settings, contributors utilize case studies from films such as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Angels&Insects (1995), and Alexander (2004) as well as the television series Rome (2005-07) and Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010). Featuring contributors such as Antony Augoustakis, Alison Futrell, Paula James, and Corinne Pache, the essays in this collection apply a variety of theoretical perspectives to the role of love and sexuality in screening the ancient world.

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"Cyrino has gathered 16 original and entertaining essays by leading international film scholars and classicists exploring how images of a dissolute Rome, as well as of alternative sexualities (especially homoerotic) in ancient Greece, have influenced modern films and TV series . . . Film buffs, fans of the classics, and anyone interested in ideologies of love and sex will find much to enjoy in this well-edited volume. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above." - CHOICE
 
"For Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World Monica S. Cyrino has assembled an impressive cast out of academia's galaxy of A-list stars and promising young starlets: all of them write with flair, clarity and, above all, passion for their chosen subjects. And what subjects they are! Hesiod and Homer rub shoulders with Pocahontas and Colin Farrell. Here you'll find a veritable bacchanal of banquets, blood-sports, nymphomaniacs, muscle-men, belly-dancers, and sexual perversions galore – the stuff that has made generations of cinema and television producers, directors, and designers turban to antiquity for inspiration. This is a bold and dazzling collection of cutting-edge scholarship and a major contribution to the current state of play in reception studies; it cannot afford to be missed by anyone with an interest in the transmission of antiquity into modern culture." - Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh, UK and Author of Designs on the Past: How Hollywood Created the Ancient World

"For a century and more, the ancient world has been the film-makers' favorite playground for sex and passion on an epic scale - but when we glut ourselves on its orgies ('Bring on the dancing girls!'), what are we really looking at? Monica S. Cyrino has put together an accessible and lively collection of essays which collectively re-energize 'film philology' and take it into new territories, tracing the cinematic uses of ancient literature, myth, and history - all the while recognizing that once love and sex are in play, the borders between these traditional categories are quick to crumble. Whether tackling classical resonances in pulp noir or the complex Nachleben of Cleopatra's snake bra, unpacking Odyssean echoes in period drama or discovering a Sapphic Pocahontas, her contributors - a mix of up-and-coming stars and experienced performers - deliver excitement and detail in equal measure." - Gideon Nisbet, Lecturer, Classics, University of Birmingham, UK and Author of Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137299611
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Monica S. Cyrino is a professor of Classics at the University of New Mexico. Her academic research centers on the erotic in ancient Greek poetry, and the reception of the ancient world on screen. She is the author of Aphrodite (2010), A Journey through Greek Mythology (2008), Big Screen Rome (2005), In Pandora's Jar: Lovesickness in Early Greek Poetry (1995), and the editor of Rome, Season One: History Makes Television (2008). She has published numerous articles and book chapters and often gives lectures around the world on the representation of classical antiquity on film and television. She has served as an academic consultant on several recent film and television productions.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Screening Love&Sex in the Ancient World; M.S.Cyrino
PART I: SCREENING LOVE AND SEX IN ANCIENT MYTH AND LITERATURE

G. W. Pabst's Hesiodic Myth of Sex in Die Büchse der Pandora (1929); L.F.Garcia, Jr.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955): Pandora and Prometheus in Robert Aldrich's Cinematic Subversion of Spillane; P.James
Perversions of the Phaeacians: The Gothic Odyssey of Angels&Insects (1996); M.Safran
Woman Trouble: True Love and Homecoming in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver (2006); C.Pache
Sappho and Pocahontas in Terrence Malick's The New World (2005); S.Easton
Soul Fuck: Possession and the Female Body in Antiquity and in Cinema; K.Day
Ancient Allusions and Modern Anxieties in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954); C.M.McDonough
PART II: SCREENING LOVE AND SEX IN ANCIENT HISTORY

Gorgo at the Limits of Liberation in Zack Snyder's 300 (2006); V.Tomasso
Oliver Stone's Unmanning of Alexander the Great in Alexander (2004); J.B.Pierce
The Order of Orgies: Sex and the Cinematic Roman; S.Raucci
Partnership and Love in Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010); A.Augoustakis
Objects of Desire: Female Gazes and Male Bodies in Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010); A.K.Strong
Glenn Close Channels Theda Bara in Maxie (1985): A Chapter in the Social History of the Snake Bra; G.N.Daugherty
Virility and Licentiousness in Rome's Mark Antony (2005-07); R.Kelly
Love, Rebellion, and Cleavage: Boadicea's Hammered Breastplate in The Viking Queen (1967); A.Futrell
Subverting Sex and Love in Alejandro Amenábar's Agora (2009); J.Paul
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