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Classics and National Cultures : Classical Presences - Susan A. Stephens

Classics and National Cultures

Classical Presences

By: Susan A. Stephens (Editor), Phiroze Vasunia (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th June 2010
ISBN: 9780199212989
Number Of Pages: 373

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The texts, ideas, images, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome have always been crucial to attempts to appropriate the past in order to authenticate the present. They underlie the mapping of change and the assertion and challenging of values and identities, old and new. Classical Presences brings the latest scholarship to bear on the contexts, theory, and practice of such use, and abuse, of the classical past.

This book seeks to understand the ways in which national cultures have engaged with classical Greece and Rome, and how classical cultures have contributed to the idea of nations and nationalisms. What impact does the classical past have on ideas of the nation, nationhood, nationality, and what effect does the national space have on classical culture? How has classical culture been imagined in various national traditions, what importance has it had within them, and for whom? In this volume of essays an international team of scholars investigate these vexed relationships. A key feature of the collection is the expanded range of national cultures, old and new, that are considered in relation to Classics---not just those of Germany, Greece, and Italy, but also China, India, Mexico, Japan, and South Africa, among other regions. Classics and National Cultures poses new questions for the study of antiquity and for the history of nations and nationalisms.

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Marked by the variety of contributions and the range of their reference ... Ambitious and Demanding. * Victoria Maul, Times Literary Supplement *

Introduction 1: Nicholas Allen: 'out of eure sanscreed into oure eryan': Ireland, the Classics and Independence 2: Richard H. Armstrong: Marooned Mandarins: Freud, Classical Education, and the Jews of Vienna 3: Giovanna Ceserani: Classical Culture for a Classical Country: Scholarship and the Past in Vincenzo Cuoco's Plato in Italy 4: Joy Connolly: Classical Education and the Early American Democratic Style 5: Emily Greenwood: Mimicry and Classical Allusion in V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men 6: Constanze Guthenke: Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930 7: Asen Kirin: Eastern European Nations, Western Culture and the Classical Tradition 8: Andrew Laird: The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination 9: Vassilis Lambropoulos: Unbuilding the Acropolis in Greek Literature 10: Fernanda Moore: How to Build a National Epic: Digenes Akrites and the Song of Roland 11: Grant Parker: Heraclitus on the Highveld: The Universalism (Ancient and Modern) of T. J. Haarhoff 12: James Porter: Auerbach, Homer, and the Jews 13: Haun Saussy: Contestatory Classics in 1920s China 14: Susan Stephens: The New Alexandrian Library 15: Yasunari Takada: Translatio and Difference: Western Classics in Modern Japan 16: Phiroze Vasunia: Alexander Sikandar

ISBN: 9780199212989
ISBN-10: 0199212988
Series: Classical Presences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 373
Published: 10th June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.0  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.74