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Title The reception of ancient Greece and Rome in children's literature : heroes and eagles / edited by Lisa Maurice
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 344 pages) : illustrations
Series Metaforms: studies in the reception of classical antiquity ; volume 6
Metaforms ; v. 6
Contents The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children's Literature: Heroes and Eagles; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Figures; Notes on Contributors; Children, Greece and Rome: Heroes and Eagles; PART 1: Classics and Ideology in Children's Literature; 1: Classics, Children's Literature, and the Character of Childhood, from Tom Brown's Schooldays to The Enchanted Castle; 2: 'Time is only a mode of thought, you know': Ancient History, Imagination and Empire in E. Nesbit's Literature for Children
3: (De)constructing Arcadia: Polish Struggles with History and Differing Colours of Childhood in the Mirror of Classical MythologyPART 2: Ancient Mythology, Modern Authors; 4: The Metanarrative of Picture Books: 'Reading' Greek Myth for (and to) Children; 5: Reading the Fiction of Video Games; 6: From Chiron to Foaly: The Centaur in Classical Mythology and Fantasy Literature; 7: Classical Memories in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia; PART 3: Classical Mythology for Children; 8: Men into Pigs: Circe's Transformations in Versions of The Odyssey for Children
9: Chasing Odysseus in Twenty-First-Century Children's Fiction10: The Metamorphosis of Ovid in Retellings of Myth for Children; PART 4: Ancient Rome for Children; 11: The "Grand Tour" as Transformative Experience in Children's Novels about the Roman Invasion; 12: "Wulf the Briton": Resisting Rome in a 1950s British Boys' Adventure Strip; 13: Bridging the Gap between Generations: Astérix between Child and Adult, Classical and Modern; Bibliography; Index
Summary Greece and Rome have long featured in books for children and teens, whether through the genres of historical fiction, fantasy, mystery stories or mythological compendiums. These depictions and adaptations of the Ancient World have varied at different times, however, in accordance with changes in societies and cultures. This book investigates the varying receptions and ideological manipulations of the classical world in children's literature. Its subtitle, 'Heroes and eagles', reflects the two most common ways in which this reception appears, namely in the forms of the portrayal of the Greek heroic world of classical mythology on the one hand, and of the Roman imperial presence on the other. Both of these are ideologically loaded approaches intended to educate the young reader
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from pdf information screen (EBSCO, viewed November 27, 2015)
Subject Children's literature -- Classical influences
Children's literature -- History and criticism
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Maurice, Lisa, 1968- editor
ISBN 9004298606 (electronic bk.)
9789004298606 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ; alk. paper)
(hardback ; alk. paper)