Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 6, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
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Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood is a comprehensive literary biography of Helen of Troy, which explores the ways in which her story has been told and retold in almost every century from the ancient world to the modern day.
  • Takes readers on an epic voyage into the literary representations of a woman who has wielded a great influence on Western cultural consciousness for more than three millennia
  • Features a wide and diverse variety of literary sources, including epic, drama, novels, poems, film, comedy, and opera, and works by Homer, Euripides, Chaucer, Shakespeare
  • Includes an analysis of a radio play by the prize-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and a Faust play by a contemporary Scottish playwright
  • Explores themes such as narrative difficulties in portraying Helen, how legal history relates to her story, and how writers apportion blame or exculpate her
  • Considers the aesthetic and narrative difficulties that ensue when literature translates myth
  

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While the face of Helen of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, it has inspired equally as many depictions. Maguire (English, Univ. of Oxford; How To Do Things with Shakespeare) is concerned with ... Read full review

Contents

From Homer to Hollywood Helen of Troy
104
From Homer to Hollywood Rape as Revenge
107
From Homer to Hollywood Chapter 4 Blame
109
From Homer to Hollywood Casting Blame Helen Paris and the Gods
110
From Homer to Hollywood Sidestepping Blame Sympathy in the Iliad
113
From Homer to Hollywood Competing Narratives the Odyssey
115
From Homer to Hollywood Twisting Eulogy And Censure Both Together
116
From Homer to Hollywood Voicing Helen Euripides
118

From Homer to Hollywood Fragments and Narrative
15
From Homer to Hollywood The Textual Shudder
20
From Homer to Hollywood Myth and Repetition
23
From Homer to Hollywood Origins
26
From Homer to Hollywood Myth and Meaning
28
From Homer to Hollywood Causes
30
From Homer to Hollywood EnClosure
33
From Homer to Hollywood Chapter 2 Beauty
35
From Homer to Hollywood Narrating the Absolute
39
From Homer to Hollywood Staging the Absolute
43
From Homer to Hollywood Detailing Helen
45
From Homer to Hollywood The Beauty Effect
49
From Homer to Hollywood Helens Breasts
52
From Homer to Hollywood Androgyny
56
From Homer to Hollywood Helens Scar
59
From Homer to Hollywood Relativizing the Absolute
65
From Homer to Hollywood Helen and Old Age
69
From Homer to Hollywood Beauty Subjectivity and Objectivity
74
From Homer to Hollywood Beauty and Nostalgia
78
From Homer to Hollywood Chapter 3 Abducting Helen
83
From Homer to Hollywood Homer the Iliad
84
From Homer to Hollywood Herodotus the Histories
86
From Homer to Hollywood Chaucer and Narrative Gaps
88
From Homer to Hollywood Helen and Cressida
93
From Homer to Hollywood The Laws Resolution of Womens Rights 1632
97
From Homer to Hollywood Statute Change in 1597
100
From Homer to Hollywood The Rape of Lucrece 1594
102
From Homer to Hollywood Helen Among the Sophists
120
From Homer to Hollywood Agency 1 Joseph of Exeter
124
From Homer to Hollywood Agency 2 Middle English Troy Books
126
From Homer to Hollywood George Peele The Tale of Troy 1589
129
From Homer to Hollywood Deifying Helen John Ogle The Lamentation of Troy 1594
131
From Homer to Hollywood Mimetic Desire the Scapegoat and Blasphemy
134
From Homer to Hollywood Naming and Shaming
138
From Homer to Hollywood Chapter 5 Helen and the Faust Tradition
142
From Homer to Hollywood Form and Appearance in the English Faust Book
144
From Homer to Hollywood Helen in the English Faust Book
147
From Homer to Hollywood Dr Faustus and Language
150
From Homer to Hollywood Dr Faustus and Boundaries
153
From Homer to Hollywood Goethe 17491832
154
From Homer to Hollywood Goethe and Representation
155
From Homer to Hollywood Goethe and the Beauty of Language
158
From Homer to Hollywood The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships
160
From Homer to Hollywood Jo Clifford 1950
164
From Homer to Hollywood Cliffords Helen and Gender Politics
168
From Homer to Hollywood Chapter 6 Parodying Helen
173
From Homer to Hollywood Comedy
174
From Homer to Hollywood The Novel
185
From Homer to Hollywood Caribbean Helen Derek Walcott Omeros 1990
198
From Homer to Hollywood Notes
207
From Homer to Hollywood References
231
From Homer to Hollywood Index
250
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About the author (2009)

Laurie Maguire is Professor of English at Oxford University and has authored or edited six previous books, including Studying Shakespeare and the popular Where There's a Will There's a Way. She has lectured widely at literary festivals in the U.S. and U.K.

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