Classical Myth and Film in the New Millennium

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byPatricia Salzman-Mitchell, Jean Alvares

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Offering unique and in-depth discussions of films that have been released since 2000, Classical Myth and Film in the New Millennium uses various modern approaches - ranging from myth criticism to psychology and gender studies - to analyze popular movies that make use of themes and stories fromGreek and Roman mythology, including Troy, The Hunger Games, Pan's Labyrinth, and Clash of the Titans.

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Offering unique and in-depth discussions of films that have been released since 2000, Classical Myth and Film in the New Millennium uses various modern approaches - ranging from myth criticism to psychology and gender studies - to analyze popular movies that make use of themes and stories fromGreek and Roman mythology, including Troy, ...

Patricia Salzman-Mitchell is Professor of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University. Jean Alvares is Associate Professor of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Classical Myth and Film in the New MillenniumWhy We Are Here and What We Are Doing- Re-presenting the Past- Classics and Film- Myth Theories, Structures of Meaning, and Archetypes- Some Overarching Narrative and Symbolic Structures- ReferencesPART I: HOMERIC ECHOESIntroduction: "Sing, Oh Muse!" Homeric Echoes, Modern Issues in Millennial Films1. Petersen's Troy: Reimagining Homeric heroesThe Matter of TroyHistory MythologizedNo Gods, Just HeroesAchilles: Life, Death, Passion, and GloryBriseis: Eros and ThanatosHector: For Family and MotherlandParis: When Love Is Not EnoughHeroes at the EndTroy and the MillenniumReferences2. Resinging the Odyssey: Myth and Myth Making in O Brother, Where Art Thou?Odysseus' Journey and O BrotherReal and Mythologized History: American Myth and CinemaSing O Muse! The Power of SongOdysseus RebootedEverett's OdysseyThe Happy Ending and Looking ForwardIdeal Dimensions in Regressive Times: Public Benefit, Community, and Individual RedemptionReferencesDiscussion Questions for PartPART II: THE RELUCTANT HEROIntroduction: Hercules, The Clash of the Titans/Wrath of the Titans, and Immortals: The Fate of Humans, The Fate of the Gods3. What's Old Is Newish Again: HerculesHeracles, the Hero, and His Canonical CareerHercules/Heracles and the Sword-and-Sandals or Peplum MovieHeracles/Hercules in the MoviesOur Hercules: Archetypal Patterns, Myth into Truth, Truth into Myth, and the Need for a HeroArchetypal Patterns and the Mythical ArcFate, Prophecy, and the Final Confirmation of IdentitiesThe Call of the Military, the Logic of EmpireHercules the Mythical and the Reshaped Hero: A Movie for the MillenniumReferences4. Clash of the Titans / Wrath of the Titans: Altered Prototypes and Aeschylean, Wagnerian DimensionsThe Prelude: Clash of the TitansThe Archetypes and Themes: Creation to ApocalypseClash of the Titans: Perseus' Tragic BeginningThe Quest for MedusaPerseus, the Kraken, and Andromeda: The Apparent First Ending--Perseus Gets IoWrath of the Titans: Heroism Rejected, the Death of the Gods BeginsAgenor and the Search for the Fallen OneThe Labyrinth of Tartarus and the Hero's OrdealPerseus and the Second TitanomachyThe End of the Gods, a Reconciliation, a New BeginningClash/Wrath: Two Movies for the MillenniumReferences5. Theseus in Immortals: An Ideal Hero for a Rough AgeTitans and OlympiansTheseus the Hero in Classical MythHyperionTheseus' Beginnings in Immortals"It must be his choice"Bearing the Cross, Rescued by the Mystic Lady of Sorrow, Hope RegainedAt the Heart of the Labyrinth; Burial and RebirthPrelude to an ArmageddonThe Struggle for Life, Death, Memory, and History BeginsVictory, Apotheosis, and the FutureThe Millennium and the Dream of the Moral and DivineReferencesDiscussion Questions for Part IIPART III: WOMEN IN THE MARGINSIntroduction: Mythical Women in the Margins6. Blooming Maiden and Fertile Goddess: The Myths of Pan's LabyrinthThe Spanish Civil War and Films of Resistance: Rebirth After WarA Quest for RebirthThe World Below, the World AboveFaunusForests and Magical WoodlandsBlood, Slime, Sexuality, and LifeDemeter-PersephoneThe Child-Killing King of DeathBlood, Sacrifice, Birth, and RebirthUnder the MoonPan's Labyrinth and the MillenniumReferences7. The Perils of Oppression: The Myth of Medea in Arturo Ripstein's Such Is LifeMyths of MedeaMedea in the MoviesRipstein and His CinemaOf Love, Marriage, and IraThe Exile, the Witch, the Lost WifeNew Millennium, New BeginningsReferencesDiscussion Questions for Part IIIPART IV: COMING OF AGE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUMIntroduction: Growing up in a Different World8. Gaze, Knowledge, Snakes, and Riddles: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as Foundation MythGods, Titans, and GiantsSerpents, Beginnings, and Deadly GazesPerseus, Harry, Mycenae, and Medusa's GazeThebes and the Sins of the PastHarry Potter and the New MillenniumReferences9. Arrows, Roots, Bread, and Song: Mythical Aspects of The Hunger GamesPrimeval Battles and Their AftermathA World of ContrastsMaidenhood and the HuntKatniss KourotrophosKatniss and the EarthThe Bread of LifeKatniss and the Coming of AgeEchoes of War at the New MillenniumReferences10. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, an American Parody of the Hero's JourneyParody and the Parodic JourneyThe Magical Child and the Problematic ParentThe HeroThe QuestGods and Demigods: The Return HomeMyth Makes the MillenniumReferencesDiscussion Questions for Part IVPart V: New Versions of PygmalionIntroduction: New and Old Pygmalions11. Lars and the Real Girl and the Pygmalion Myth: Trauma, Community, and DesireOvid's Pygmalion Myth: Three ThemesPygmalion and TraumaPygmalion and the Word of the FatherPygmalion as (Tragic) Hero-ProtagonistWhat about Galatea?The Role of the CommunityLars and the Real Girl: Lars Creates His BiancaLars's Trauma and BiancaDr. Dagmar, the Community, and the Healing of LarsLars Begins to HealLars and the Death of BiancaConclusions: Lessons from LarsReferences12. Ruby Sparks: Rereading Pygmalion and NarcissusThe Coming-of-Age and Hero's-Journey ParadigmWoman as TextReflections in the Pool: Calvin's NarcissismThe Artist's IsolationNot-So-Ideal WomenResisting ReadingsRuby Wakes UpHappy Ending?Ruby Sparks as a Movie for Our TimeReferencesDiscussion Questions for Part VEpilogue: Myths and Movies, Movies and MythsAppendix: Further Readings in Classics in Film and Television

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"Salzman and Alvares bring original and lively insights to bear on both the myths and the movies they have selected for scrutiny in this wide-ranging book about classical motifs, texts, heroes, and monsters at the cinema. There are some controversial readings along the way, as is to beexpected in any work of stimulating scholarship, and the authors have provided interesting questions for their readers at the end of each chapter, so no one has to be a passive consumer of this book! It can proudly take its place in the ever-growing collection of teaching and research volumes on thereception of classical myth in the modern media." --Paula James, Open University