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Myths of the underworld in contemporary culture : the backward gaze

Author: Judith Fletcher
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Series: Classical presences.
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Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary Culture: The Backward Gaze' examines a series of twentieth and twenty-first century fictional works that adapt Greco-Roman myths of the catabasis, the heroic journey to the underworld. Covering a range of genres - including novels, comics, and children's culture, by authors such as Elena Ferrante, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, A. S. Byatt, Toni Morrison, and Anne Patchett - it  Read more...
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FLETCHER, JUDITH.
MYTHS OF THE UNDERWORLD IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE.
[Place of publication not identified], OXFORD UNIV Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1059553214
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Fletcher
ISBN: 9780191079801 0191079804
OCLC Number: 1091625591
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations (black and white).
Contents: FrontmatterList of Figures0: Introduction1: Source Texts1.1: The Odyssean Nekyia1.2: Heracles and Dionysus1.3: The Descent of Aeneas1.4: Orpheus and Eurydice1.5: Persephone1.6: Elements of the Underworld Narrative2: The Ghost of the Father: Spirits of the Postmodern2.1: Finding the Way in John Barth's Underworld2.2: The Anxiety of Influence in Neil Gaiman's Underworlds3: Engendering the Haunted Text3.1: Mutations and Hauntings: A.S. Byatt's Angels and Insects3.2: Mutations: "Morpho Eugenia"3.3: Hauntings: "The Conjugial Angel"3.4: Persephone Interrupted: Coraline3.5: The Doll's Descent: Searching for Persephone in the Novels of Elena Ferrante4: The Wanderer's Descent: The Underworlds of Diaspora4.1: Ascending from Oblivion in Song of Solomon4.2: Away: Dreams of Hell4.3: On the Outside Looking In: The Ground Beneath Her Feet4.4: The Ghost of the Father in State of Wonder4.5: The Catabatic Diaspora5: EpilogueEndmatterBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Classical presences.
Responsibility: Judith Fletcher.

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