Childhood and the Classics Britain and America, 1850-1965

Innbundet / 2018 / Engelsk

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9780199583478
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2018
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Oxford University Press
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05, UP
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Engelsk
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362
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574 gr
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225 mm
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148 mm
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Childhood and the Classics Britain and America, 1850-1965

Innbundet / 2018 / Engelsk
The dissemination of classical material to children has long been a major form of popularization with far-reaching effects, although until very recently it has received almost no attention within the growing field of classical reception studies. This volume explores the ways in which children encountered the world of ancient Greece and Rome in Britain and the United States over a century-long period beginning in the 1850s, as well as adults' literary responses to their own childhood encounters with antiquity. Rather than discussing the role of classics in education, it focuses on books read for enjoyment, and on two genres of children's literature in particular: the myth collection and the historical novel. The tradition of myths retold as children's stories is traced in the work of writers and illustrators from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Kingsley to Roger Lancelyn Green and Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, while the discussion of historical fiction focuses particularly on the roles of nationality and gender in the construction of an ancient world for modern children. The book concludes with an investigation of the connections between childhood and antiquity made by writers for adults, including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and H.D. Recognition of the fundamental role in children's literature of adults' ideas about what children want or need is balanced throughout by attention to the ways in which child readers have made such works their own. The formative experiences of antiquity discussed throughout help to explain why despite growing uncertainty about the appeal of antiquity to modern children, the classical past remains perennially interesting and inspiring.
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The dissemination of classical material to children has long been a major form of popularization with far-reaching effects. This volume explores the reception of classical antiquity in childhood from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries in Britain and the United States, focusing on myth and historical fiction in particular.
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Frontmatter List of Illustrations 0: Introduction 1: "Very Capital Reading for Children": Hawthorne, Kingsley, and the Transformation of Myth into Children's Literature 2: Classics in their Own Right: Visions and Revisions of Hawthorne and Kingsley 3: "Steeped in Greek Mythology": The First Half of the Twentieth Century 4: "Be a Roman Soldier": History, Historical Fiction, and National Identity 5: Ancient History for Girls 6: The Ancient Prehistory of Modern Adults 7: Pan in the Alps: Child and Adult in H.D.'s The Hedgehog 8: Epilogue Endmatter Bibliography Index
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Childhood and the Classics grapples with a large topic that crosses geographic, temporal and disciplinary boundaries. In spite of this ambitious scope, the authors do an excellent job throughout of situating their discussions within the literary and historical context of each period being addressed. ... As such, it is a work that will appeal not only to scholars of childhood studies and classical studies, but also to those with a wider interest in important literary developments of the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. * Elizabeth A. Galway, The Classical Review *Murnaghan and Roberts's close readings of individual retellings contain many moments of interest. * Times Literary Supplement *Childhood and the Classics is undoubtedly an invaluable piece of research which will surely lead the way for further work in this fascinating and emerging field. The conclusions are extremely strong and well-supported, the book well- referenced and the text both invaluable to a specialist and able to be followed by the general reader. * Robin Diver, Rosetta *This is a pioneering book which opens up a new field in classical reception studies. Clearly and thoughtfully written, well organised, with several illustrations including eight fine colour plates, it is a pleasure both to read and to look at. The authors, who have a long history of fruitful collaboration, have absorbed a vast amount of primary and secondary literature which is deftly and unobtrusively deployed to support their analyses of children's literature influenced by and/or about classical antiquity. * Christopher Stray, Classics for All *
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Sheila Murnaghan earned an AB from Harvard University, a BA from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina. She taught at Yale University from 1979 until 1990, then moved to the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently the Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek. Her research focuses on ancient Greek epic and tragedy, gender in classical culture, and classical reception, especially in the twentieth century. She is the author of Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey (2nd ed.; Lexington Books, 2011), and the co-editor of Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture: Differential Equations (Routledge, 1998; with Sandra R. Joshel), Odyssean Identities In Modern Cultures: The Journey Home (Ohio State University Press, 2014; with Hunter Gardner), and Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition (Ohio State University Press, 2018; with Ralph M. Rosen). Deborah H. Roberts has a BA from Swarthmore College, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Yale University. She is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Haverford College, where she has taught since 1977. Her research has been primarily concerned with Greek tragedy, classical reception, and translation studies, with a focus on the translation of Greek tragedy and of Greek and Latin texts once held to require expurgation. She is the author of Apollo and his Oracle in the Oresteia (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1984), co-editor of Classical Closure: Reading the End in Greek and Latin Literature (Princeton University Press, 1997; with Francis M. Dunn and Don Fowler), and translator of Aeschylus' rometheus Bound (Hackett, 2012) and Euripides' Ion (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999) and Andromache (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
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ISBN13
9780199583478
Publisert
2018
Utgiver
Vendor
Oxford University Press
Aldersnivå
05, UP
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
362
Vekt
574 gr
Høyde
225 mm
Bredde
148 mm
Tykkelse
28 mm
Se alle