Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism / Edition 1

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Overview

Does Greek matter? To whom and why? This interdisciplinary study focuses on moments when passionate conficts about Greek and Greekness have erupted in both the modern and the ancient worlds. It looks at the Renaissance, when men were burned at the stake over biblical Greek, at violent Victorian rows over national culture and the schooling of a country, at the shocking performances of modernist opera - and it also examines the ancient world and its ideas of what it means to be Greek, especially in the first and second centuries CE. The book sheds fresh light on how the ancient and modern worlds interrelate, and how fantasies and ideals, struggles and conflicts have come together under the name of Greece. As a contribution to theatre studies, Renaissance and Victorian cultural history, and to the understanding of ancient writing, this book takes reception studies in an exciting new direction.
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"A fine performance. Including a full bibliography and a good index, this volume will serve graduate students and researchers studying Greek, comparative literature, literary theory, and even (humanistic) psychology and anthropology." Choice

"Always a masterful storyteller, Goldhill marhshals evidence with elan...[he] has brought contemporary cultural theory to bear on the Classics with singular tact and persuasiveness...these tales are told wonderously well, and Goldhill lives up to his promise not just to trace literary influence but to demonstrate cultural impact." New England Classical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521011761
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Introduction: shaking the foundations 1
1 Learning Greek is heresy! Resisting Erasmus 14
2 Becoming Greek, with Lucian 60
3 Blood from the shadows: Strauss' disgusting, degenerate Elektra 108
4 Who knows Greek? 178
5 The value of Greek. Why save Plutarch? 246
Conclusion: rainbow bridges 294
Works cited 300
Index 322
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