Ancient Greek myth in world fiction since 1989



Ancient Greek myth in world fiction since 1989

edited by Justine McConnell and Edith Hall

(Bloomsbury studies in classical reception)(Classical studies)

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

  • : hard
  • : pbk.

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Includes bibliographical references and index


  • From anthropophagy to allegory and back : a study of classical myth and the Brazilian novel / Patrice Rankine
  • Ibrahim al-Koni's Lost oasis as Atlantis and his demon as Typhon / William M. Hutchins
  • Greek myth and mythmaking in Witi Ihimaera's The Matriarch (1986) and The Dream Swimmer / Simon Perris
  • War, religion and tragedy: the revolt of the muckers in Luiz Antonio de Assis Brasil's Videiras de Cristal / Sofia Frade
  • Translating myths, translating fictions / Lorna Hardwick
  • Echoes of ancient Greek myths in Murakami Haruki's novels and in other works of contemporary Japanese literature / Giorgio Amitrano
  • "It's all in the game" : Greek myth and The Wire / Adam Ganz
  • Writing a new Irish odyssey : Theresa Kishkan's A man in a Distant Field / Fiona Macintosh
  • The minotaur on the Russian internet : Viktor Pelevin's Helmet of Horror / Anna Ljunggren
  • Diagnosis : overdose status : critical odysseys in Bernhard Schlink's Die Heimkehr / Sebastian Matzner
  • Narcissus and the Furies : myth and docufiction in Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones / Edith Hall
  • Philhellenic imperialism and the invention of the classical past: twenty-first century re-imaginings of Odysseus in the Greek war for independence / Efrossini Spentzou
  • The "Poem of force" in Australia : David Malouf, Ransom and Chloe Hooper, The Tall Man / Margaret Reynolds
  • Young female heroes from Sophocles to the twenty-first century / Helen Eastman
  • Generation Telemachus : Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air / Justine McConnell



Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 explores the diverse ways that contemporary world fiction has engaged with ancient Greek myth. Whether as a framing device, or a filter, or via resonances and parallels, Greek myth has proven fruitful for many writers of fiction since the end of the Cold War. This volume examines the varied ways that writers from around the world have turned to classical antiquity to articulate their own contemporary concerns. Featuring contributions by an international group of scholars from a number of disciplines, the volume offers a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approach to contemporary literature from around the world. Analysing a range of significant authors and works, not usually brought together in one place, the book introduces readers to some less-familiar fiction, while demonstrating the central place that classical literature can claim in the global literary curriculum of the third millennium. The modern fiction covered is as varied as the acclaimed North American television series The Wire, contemporary Arab fiction, the Japanese novels of Haruki Murakami and the works of New Zealand's foremost Maori writer, Witi Ihimaera.


Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction, Justine McConnell 1 From Anthropophagy to Allegory and Back: A Study of Classical Myth and the Brazilian Novel, Patrice Rankine 2 Ibrahim Al-Koni's Lost Oasis as Atlantis and His Demon as Typhon, William M. Hutchins 3 Greek Myth and Mythmaking in Witi Ihimaera's The Matriarch and The Dream Swimmer, Simon Perris 4 War, Religion and Tragedy: The Revolt of the Muckers in Luiz Antonio de Assis Brasil's Videiras de Cristal, Sofia Frade 5 Translating Myths, Translating Fictions, Lorna Hardwick 6 Echoes of Ancient Greek Myths in Murakami Haruki's novels and in Other Works of Contemporary Japanese Literature, Giorgio Amitrano 7 `It's All in the Game': Greek Myth and The Wire, Adam Ganz 8 Writing a New Irish Odyssey: Theresa Kishkan's A Man in a Distant Field, Fiona Macintosh 9 The Minotaur on the Russian Internet: Viktor Pelevin's Helmet of Horror, Anna Ljunggren 10 Diagnosis: Overdose - Status: Critical. Odysseys in Bernhard Schlink's Die Heimkehr, Sebastian Matzner 11 Narcissus and the Furies: Myth and Docufiction in Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones, Edith Hall 12 Philhellenic Imperialism and the Invention of the Classical Past: Twenty-first Century Re-imaginings of Odysseus in the Greek War for Independence, Efrossini Spentzou 13 The `Poem of Force' in Australia: David Malouf, Ransom and Chloe Hooper, The Tall Man, Margaret Reynolds 14 Young Female Heroes from Sophocles to the Twenty-First Century, Helen Eastman 15 Generation Telemachus: Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air, Justine McConnell

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