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Classics and Colonialism : Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece,China and Today - Barbara Goff

Classics and Colonialism

Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece,China and Today

Paperback Published: 26th May 2005
ISBN: 9780715633113
Number Of Pages: 160

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This collection of well-focussed essays is the first to examine explicitly the role played by the literature and culture of classical antiquity in the various discourses that established, maintained or undermined the British empire. Drawing on reception studies and postcolonial studies, the contributors investigate topics such as the intersections among nineteenth- and twentieth-century theories of the Greek, Roman and British empires, the place of neo-classical poetry and classical education in the Caribbean, and adaptations of Greek drama by postcolonial writers in Africa and elsewhere. There is a substantial introduction that discusses the role of classics within the British empire, why it should compel our attention and how it might provide fruitful ground for further enquiry. The emphasis throughout is on the diverse ways in which the classical tradition has been used both by those who identified themselves with imperialist goals and by those engaged in struggle against imperialism.

List of Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Through British Eyes: The Athenian Empire and Modern Historiographyp. 25
Greater Rome and Greater Britainp. 38
'We Speak Latin in Trinidad': Uses of Classics in Caribbean Literaturep. 65
The British Empire and the Neo-Latin Tradition: The Case of Francis Williamsp. 92
Refiguring Classical Texts: Aspects of the Postcolonial Conditionp. 107
Greek Tragedies in West African Adaptationsp. 118
Bibliographyp. 147
Indexp. 163
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ISBN: 9780715633113
ISBN-10: 0715633112
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th May 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1