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Classical Reception and Children's Literature By Helen Lovatt

Classical Reception and Children's Literature by Helen Lovatt

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Reception studies have transformed the classics.

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Classical Reception and Children's Literature: Greece, Rome and Childhood Transformation by Helen Lovatt

Reception studies have transformed the classics. Many more literary and cultural texts are now regarded as 'valid' for classical study. And within this process of widening, children's literature has in its turn emerged as being increasingly important. Books written for children now comprise one of the largest and most prominent bodies of texts to engage with the classical world, with an audience that constantly changes as it grows up. This innovative volume wrestles with that very characteristic of change which is so fundamental to children's literature, showing how significant the classics, as well as classically-inspired fiction and verse, have been in tackling the adolescent challenges posed by metamorphosis. Chapters address such themes as the use made by C S Lewis, in The Horse and his Boy, of Apuleius' The Golden Ass; how Ovidian myth frames the Narnia stories; classical 'nonsense' in Edward Lear; Pan as a powerful symbol of change in children's literature, for instance in The Wind in the Willows; the transformative power of the Orpheus myth; and how works for children have handled the teaching of the classics.

Classical Reception and Children's Literature Reviews

`This is an important book, which opens up a rich new field for classical reception studies. But more than that, it is a truly delightful book - a Wonderland of insights and surprises, as enchanting as it is learned.' - Edmund Richardson, Lecturer in Classics, Durham University, author of Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity, `The contributors offer here a feast of information and striking perspectives on previously neglected topics. As well as marking out new ground in the field of children's literature, this volume will generate greater understanding of the variety of ways in which classical themes and figures filter into the wider public imagination and often transform it. A great book!' - Lorna Hardwick, Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies, Open University, co-editor of Classics in the Modern World, of A Companion to Classical Receptions and of Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds, and co-series editor of the 'Classical Presences' book series, `This is an imaginative and scholarly collection, with a hugely impressive list of contributors. I learned something new on almost every page.' - Catherine Butler, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Cardiff University, co-author of Reading History in Children's Books and co-editor of Modern Children's Literature: An Introduction

About Helen Lovatt

Owen Hodkinson is Lecturer in Greek and Roman Cultures at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Philostratus' Heroikos (2011) and of Metafiction in Classical Literature: The Invention of Self-Conscious Fiction (2017, forthcoming). Helen Lovatt is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham. Her books include Statius and Epic Games: Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid (2005), The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic (2013) and In Search of the Argonauts: The Remarkable History of Jason and the Golden Fleece (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming 2018).

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Classical Reception and Children's Literature: Greece, Rome and Childhood Transformation by Helen Lovatt
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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