Ancient Greek Women in Film

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

EditorKonstantinos P. Nikoloutsos

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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 whichserves 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 examinationare 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, andrevises, antiquity on the page but also, more crucially, why the medium follows such eclectic representational strategies vis-a-vis the classical world.

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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 whichserves various purposes, depending on the dire...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678928

ISBN - 13:9780199678921

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AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsList of FiguresKonstantinos P. Nikoloutsos: IntroductionI. Helen1. Bella Vivante: Gazing at Helen: Helen as Polysemous Icon in Robert Wise's Helen of Troy and Michael Cacoyannis' Trojan Women2. Ruby Blondell: Third Cheerleader from the Left: From Homer's Helen to Helen of TroyII. Medea3. Kirk Ormand: Medea's Erotic Text in Jason and the Argonauts (1963)4. Susan O. Shapiro: Pasolini's Medea: A Twentieth Century Tragedy5. Annette M. Baertschi: Rebel and Martyr: The Medea of Lars von TrierIII. Penelope6. Joanna Paul: Madonna and Whore: The Many Faces of Penelope in Camerini's Ulisse (1954)7. Edith Hall: Why is Penelope Still Waiting? The Missing Feminist Reappraisal of the Odyssey in Cinema: 1963-2007IV. Other Mythical Women8. Arthur J. Pomeroy: The Women of Ercole9. Anastasia Bakogianni: Annihilating Clytemnestra: The Severing of the Mother-Daughter Bond in Michael Cacoyannis' Iphigenia (1977)10. Hallie Rebecca Marshall: Mythic Women in Tony Harrison's PrometheusV. Historical Women11. Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos: Between Family and the Nation: Gorgo in the Cinema12. Kirsten Day: Representing Olympias: The Politics of Gender in Cinematic Treatments of Alexander the Great13. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones: An Almost All Greek Thing: Cleopatra VII and the Hollywood ImaginationBibliographyIndex