Antiquity Now: The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination
Written in a lively and accessible style, Antiquity Now opens our gaze to the myriad uses and abuses of classical antiquity in contemporary fiction, film, comics, drama, television - and even internet forums. With every chapter focusing on a different aspect of classical reception - including sexuality, politics, gender and ethnicity - this book explores the ideological motivations behind contemporary American allusions to the classical world. Ultimately, this kaleidoscope of receptions - from calls for marriage equality to examinations of gang violence to passionate pleas for peace (or war) - reveals a 'classical antiquity' that reconfigures itself daily, as modernity explains itself to itself through ever-expanding technologies and media. Antiquity Now thus examines the often-surprising redeployment of the art and literature of the ancient world, a geography charged with especial value in the contemporary imagination.
Cambridge University Press
civilization, classical influences, United States, Virgil, Homer, Oedipus, Eros, barbarism, expansionism, feminism, sexuality, psychology, Middle East
Arts and Humanities | Classics
Table of Contents
List of illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- It's Greek to them: Gay and lesbian receptions of the ancient world -- Classics and ideology -- September 11th on the Western stage -- From the borders: Contemporary identity, community, and the ancient world -- Power, the canon, and the unexpected voice -- In conclusion: On fractures and fracturing -- References -- Index
Jenkins, T. E. (2015). Antiquity now: The classical world in the contemporary American imagination. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.