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Helen of Troy : from Homer to Hollywood

Author: Laurie E Maguire
Publisher: Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
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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. 1. 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 ; 2.  Read more...
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Maguire, Laurie E.
Helen of Troy.
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
(OCoLC)649309151
Named Person: Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta; Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta.; Helena motiv l.; Helena; Helena.; Helena.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie E Maguire
ISBN: 9781405126342 1405126345 9781405126359 1405126353
OCLC Number: 270685346
Description: xviii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Conventions --
Introduction: Ab ovo --
Beginnings --
Stories and Contexts --
Narrating Myth --
Whose Story? --
Absence --
Fragments and Narrative --
Closure The Textual Shudder --
Myth and Repetition --
Origins --
Myth and Meaning --
Causes --
(En)Closure --
Beauty --
Excess and Deficiency --
Narrating the Absolute --
Staging the Absolute --
Detailing Helen --
Beauty Effect --
Helen s Breasts --
Androgyny --
Helen's Scar --
Relativizng the Absolute --
Helen and Old Age --
Beauty: Subjectivity and Objectivity --
Beauty and Nostalgia --
Abducting Helen --
Missing Moments --
Homer, the Iliad --
Herodotus, the Histories --
Chaucer and Narrative Gaps --
Helen and Cressida --
Law s Resolution of Women s Rights (1632) --
Statute Change in 1597 --
Rape of Lucrece (1594) --
Helen (of Troy) --
Rape as Revenge --
Blame --
Accounts --
Casting Blame: Helen, Paris, and the Gods --
Sidestepping Blame: Sympathy in the Iliad --
Competing Narratives: the Odyssey --
"Twisting Eulogy/And Censure Both Together" --
Voicing Helen: Euripides --
Helen Among the Sophists --
Agency (1): Joseph of Exeter --
Agency (2): Middle English Troy Books --
George Peele, The Tale of Troy (1589) --
Deifying Helen: John Ogle, The Lamentation of Troy (1594) --
Mimetic Desire, the Scapegoat, and Blasphemy --
Naming and Shaming --
Helen and the Faust Tradition --
Form and Appearance in the English Faust Book --
Helen in the English Faust Book --
Dr Faustus and Language --
Dr Faustus and Boundaries --
Goethe (1749-1832) Goethe and Representation --
Goethe and the Beauty of Language --
Face that Launched a Thousand Ships --
Jo Clifford (1950- ) --
Clifford's Helen and Gender Politics --
6. Parodying Helen --
Comedy --
Novel --
Caribbean Helen: Derek Walcott, Omeros (1990).
Responsibility: Laurie Maguire.

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* Investigates issues of sexual ethics, religion, and politics through responses to the story of Helen of Troy throughout the ages * Examines representations of Helen of Troy in literature, art,  Read more...

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