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The Classics and Modern Fantasy

Lowe, Dunstan (2019) The Classics and Modern Fantasy. Review of: Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy by Rogers, Brett M. and Stevens, Benjamin E.. Classical Review, 69 (2). pp. 661-664. ISSN 0009-840X. E-ISSN 1464-3561. (doi:10.1017/S0009840X19001173) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76753)

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Abstract

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 readers of 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-in relation 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 myth in-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 and bodies in motion.

Item Type: Review
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0009840X19001173
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Dunstan Lowe
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 10:29 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76753 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lowe, Dunstan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7664-4027
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