Ancient Greek Women in Film (Classical Presences)

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This volume examines cinematic representations of ancient Greek women from the realms of myth and history. It discusses how these female figures are resurrected on the big screen by different filmmakers during different historical moments, and are therefore embedded within a narrative which serves various purposes, depending on the director of the film, its screenwriters, the studio, the country of its origin, and the sociopolitical context at the time of its production.

Using a diverse array of hermeneutic approaches (such as gender theory, feminist criticism, psychoanalysis, viewer-response theory, and personal voice criticism), the essays aim to cast light on cinema's investments in the classical past and decode the mechanisms whereby the women under examination are extracted from their original context and are brought to life to serve as vehicles for the articulation of modern ideas, concerns, and cultural trends. The volume thus aims to investigate not only how antiquity on the screen depicts, and in this process distorts, compresses, contests, and revises, antiquity on the page but also, more crucially, why the medium follows such eclectic representational strategies vis-à-vis the classical world.

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provides valuable material for students, both undergraduates and graduates, and scholars who are interested in the reception of the classical past in cultural studies and film studies. (Daphne Giofkou, The Kelvingrove Review,)

Ancient Greek Women in Film is a most welcome addition to classical reception studies a valuable contribution to our understanding of "transformed antiquity" and a solid basis for future research in this important area. (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

This excellent collection of 13 essays is yet another title in OUP's rapidly expanding and thoroughly engaging Classical Presences series ... They contain so much valuable scholarship which members of JACT and their pupils would enjoy ... I did not find a weak or dull essay in the collection and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to those who enjoy discussing modern productions on classical subjects, scrutinizing their historical accuracy, or analysing what they can tell us about the intersection of antiquity and the modern world. (Journal of Classics Teaching)

Ancient Greek Women in Film is an important contribution to the study of cinematic receptions of ancient Greece, for which the editor and authors are to be commended. In sum, I recommend this book highly. Most chapters can serve not only scholars and graduate students but also advanced undergraduates. (Cloelia)

The volume will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in many disciplines. Its interdisciplinary approach will make it appealing to those in American Studies, Classics, Film and Media Studies, and Gender Studies. It is a welcome contribution to the growing literature on the ancients on screen. (Stacie Raucci, The Classical Journal Online)

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Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos is Assistant Professor of Latin and Ancient Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He has published a number of articles in the fields of Roman elegy, ancient history on film, and the classical tradition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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