Classics in Extremis

The Edges of Classical Reception

Edmund Richardson (Redaktør)

Classics in Extremis

Classics in Extremis reimagines classical reception. Its contributors explore some of the most remarkable, hard-fought and unsettling claims ever made on the ancient world: from the coal-mines of England to the paradoxes of Borges, from Victorian sexuality to the trenches of the First World War, from American public-school classrooms to contemporary right-wing politics. Les mer
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Classics in Extremis

Classics in Extremis reimagines classical reception. Its contributors explore some of the most remarkable, hard-fought and unsettling claims ever made on the ancient world: from the coal-mines of England to the paradoxes of Borges, from Victorian sexuality to the trenches of the First World War, from American public-school classrooms to contemporary right-wing politics. How does the reception of the ancient world change under impossible strain?

Its protagonists are 'marginal' figures who resisted that definition in the strongest terms. Contributors argue for a decentered model of classical reception: where the 'marginal' shapes the 'central' as much as vice versa - and where the most unlikely appropriations of antiquity often have the greatest impact. What kind of distortions does the model of 'centre' and 'margins' produce? How can 'marginal' receptions be recovered most effectively?

Bringing together some of the leading scholars in the field, Classics in Extremis moves beyond individual case studies to develop fresh methodologies and perspectives on the study of classical reception.

1. Introduction - Edmund Richardson - Durham University, UK
2. Thinking with classical reception: critical distance, critical licence, critical amnesia? - Lorna Hardwick - Open University, UK
3. Daphnis transformed: Aphra Behn's politics of translation. - Amanda Klause - Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, USA
4. Local engagements with Ancient Greek vases in Ottoman and Revolutionary Greece, c.1800-1833. - Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis - University of St Andrews, UK
5. The hand that shook the world: Daniel Dunglas Home's disembodied classics. - Edmund Richardson - Durham University, UK
6. Picturing Antiquity: photography, performance and Julia Margaret Cameron. - Jennifer Wallace - Cambridge University, UK
7. High culture in low company? The reception of ancient 'homosexuality' in the pornographic The Sins of the Cities of the Plain: The Recollections of a Mary-Ann. - Jennifer Ingleheart - Durham University, UK
8. The Caribbean Socrates: Pedro Henriquez Urena and the Mexican Ateneo de la Juventud. - Rosa Andujar - King's College, London, UK
9. Beyond the limits of art and war trauma: David Jones 'In Parenthesis'. - Edith Hall - King's College, London, UK
10. Classics down the mineshaft: a buried history. - Henry Stead - Open University, UK
11. Extreme Classicisms: Jorge Luis Borges. - Laura Jansen - University of Bristol, UK
12. The costly fabric of conservatism: Classical references in contemporary public culture. - Maarten De Pourcq - Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
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An agenda-setting volume which reshapes the discipline of classical reception, and explores a series of remarkable, unsettling claims on the ancient world.

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