Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy by Brett M. RogersClassical Traditions in Modern Fantasy by Brett M. Rogers

Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

byBrett M. RogersEditorBenjamin Eldon Stevens

Paperback | January 23, 2017

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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy is the first collection of essays in English focusing on how fantasy draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, philosophy, literature, history, art, and cult practice. Presenting fifteen all-new essays intended for both scholars and other readersof fantasy, this volume explores many of the most significant examples of the modern genre-including the works of H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, and more-inrelation to important ancient texts such as Aeschylus' Oresteia, Aristotle's Poetics, Virgil's Aeneid, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. These varied studies raise fascinating questions about genre, literary and artistic histories, and the suspension of disbelief required not only of readers of fantasy but also of students of antiquity. Ranging from harpies to hobbits, from Cyclopes to Cthulhu, and all manner of monster and mythin-between, this comparative study of Classics and fantasy reveals deep similarities between ancient and modern ways of imagining the world. Although antiquity and the present day differ in many ways, at its base, ancient literature resonates deeply with modern fantasy's image of worlds in flux andbodies in motion.
Brett M. Rogers is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of several essays on Greek epic and drama, as well as classical receptions in contemporary media (including film, television, and comics). He was also co-editor of Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (OUP 2015). Benjamin Eldon Ste...
Title:Classical Traditions in Modern FantasyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 23, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190610069

ISBN - 13:9780190610067

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