Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Author: Alastair J. L. Blanshard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198789260
Release Date: 2018-01-30
Genre: Literary Criticism

Celebrated now and during his lifetime as a wit and aesthete, Oscar Wilde was also a talented classical scholar whose writings evince an enduring fascination with Graeco-Roman antiquity. Covering all the major genres of his literary output, from philosophical and critical writings to society plays, this volume explores the profound impact that ancient literature and thought had on his life and work and offers new perspectives on his most celebrated and canonicaltexts as well as close analyses of unpublished material.

Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece

Author: Iain Ross
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107020320
Release Date: 2012-10-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

Oscar Wilde's imagination was haunted by ancient Greece; this book traces its presence in his life and works.

Haunted Greece and Rome

Author: D. Felton
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292789241
Release Date: 2010-07-22
Genre: Literary Criticism

Stories of ghostly spirits who return to this world to warn of danger, to prophesy, to take revenge, to request proper burial, or to comfort the living fascinated people in ancient times just as they do today. In this innovative, interdisciplinary study, the author combines a modern folkloric perspective with literary analysis of ghost stories from classical antiquity to shed new light on the stories' folk roots. The author begins by examining ancient Greek and Roman beliefs about death and the departed and the various kinds of ghost stories which arose from these beliefs. She then focuses on the longer stories of Plautus, Pliny, and Lucian, which concern haunted houses. Her analysis illuminates the oral and literary transmission and adaptation of folkloric motifs and the development of the ghost story as a literary form. In her concluding chapter, the author also traces the influence of ancient ghost stories on modern ghost story writers, a topic that will interest all readers and scholars of tales of hauntings.

Greek Epigram in Reception

Author: Gideon Nisbet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199662494
Release Date: 2013-10
Genre: History

Greek Epigram in Reception is a chronological survey of the reception history of the Greek Anthology, a Byzantine collection of ancient Greek short poems known as epigrams. Tracing the strange evolution of the Greek Anthology from the early nineteenth century to the years after the first World War, the volume analyses the complex webs of rhetoric that are spun as writers and translators brought their different agendas to bear on the Anthology's text,pruning it to meet their needs. An emergent mass readership became caught between opposing and rhetorically loaded accounts, casting the Anthology, and thus the ancient race on whom the British were supposed to bemodelling themselves, as patriots and doting spouses or lovers of male Beauty, like the Decadent sensation Oscar Wilde. The after effects of this cultural war were to stretch into the 1920s, and still echo today.

The Nursery Rhyme Book

Author: Andrew Lang
Publisher:
ISBN: NYPL:33433043468838
Release Date: 1897
Genre: Animals

A collection of 332 nursery rhymes grouped under such categories as "Historical," "Tales," "Proverbs," "Songs," "Games," and "Jingles."

British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece

Author: S. Evangelista
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230242203
Release Date: 2009-05-22
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book is the first comprehensive study of the reception of classical Greece among English aesthetic writers of the nineteenth century. By exploring this history of reception, it aims to give readers a new and fuller understanding of literary aestheticism, its intellectual contexts, and its challenges to mainstream Victorian culture.

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity

Author: Richard Fletcher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107159082
Release Date: 2016-11-30
Genre: Architecture

This book examines how the biographical traditions of ancient poets and artists parallel the creative processes of biographers themselves, both within antiquity and beyond. Each chapter explores a range of biographical material that highlights the complexity of how readers and viewers imagine the lives of ancient creator-figures.

Great Short Poems from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century

Author: Dorothy Belle Pollack
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486478760
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Poetry

Covering world poetry, ancient and medieval times, the 19th and 20th century, and both serious and humorous works, this volume contains more than 400 short poems. It features verses of 12 lines of less by Boethius, Su T'ung-Po, Plato, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Heine, Tennyson, Whitman, Yeats, Cummings, and scores of others.

Masculine Plural

Author: Jennifer Ingleheart
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192551610
Release Date: 2018-09-13
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Classics were core to the curriculum and ethos of the intensely homosocial Victorian and Edwardian public schools, yet ancient homosexuality and erotic pedagogy were problematic to the educational establishment, which expurgated classical texts with sexual content. This volume analyses the intimate and uncomfortable nexus between the Classics, sex, and education primarily through the figure of the schoolmaster Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge (1890-1918), whose clandestine writings not only explore homoerotic desires but also offer insightful comments on Classical education. Now a marginalized figure, Bainbrigge's surviving works - a verse drama entitled Achilles in Scyros featuring a cross-dressing Achilles and a Chorus of lesbian schoolgirls, and a Latin dialogue between schoolboys - vividly demonstrate the queer potential of Classics and are marked by a celebration of the pleasures of sex and a refusal to apologize for homoerotic desire. Reprinted here in their entirety, they are accompanied by chapters setting them in their social and literary context, including their parallels with the writings of Bainbrigge's contemporaries and near contemporaries, such as John Addington Symonds, E. M. Forster, and A. E. Housman. What emerges is a provocative new perspective on the history of sexuality and the place of the Classics within that history, which demonstrates that a highly queer version of Classics was possible in private contexts.

Greek Homosexuality

Author: Kenneth James Dover
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674362705
Release Date: 1989
Genre: History

To what extent and in what ways was homosexuality approved by the ancient Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase paintings, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches in the law courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A discussion of female homosexuality is included.

A Companion to Classical Receptions

Author: Lorna Hardwick
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444393774
Release Date: 2011-04-12
Genre: Literary Criticism

Examining the profusion of ways in which the arts, culture, and thought of Greece and Rome have been transmitted, interpreted, adapted and used, A Companion to Classical Receptions explores the impact of this phenomenon on both ancient and later societies. Provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of classical reception - the interpretation of classical art, culture, and thought in later centuries, and the fastest growing area in classics Brings together 34 essays by an international group of contributors focused on ancient and modern reception concepts and practices Combines close readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion Explores the impact of Greek and Roman culture worldwide, including crucial new areas in Arabic literature, South African drama, the history of photography, and contemporary ethics