Framing Classical Reception Studies

Different Perspectives on a Developing Field


Framing Classical Reception Studies contains a representative number of analytic and synthetic contributions by scholars from diverse parts of the field of Classical Reception Studies. Together, they afford a synoptic view and typology of an extremely large and continuously diversifying discipline. Attentive to questions such as what, by whom, in what contexts and to what ends Classics have functioned and are functioning in our culture, all contributors ask themselves from what conceptual or disciplinary frame they approach the reception of the cultures of classical Greek and Roman antiquity. Within this questioning format, the book also contains suggestions for future agendas of research, and forcefully argues for the political, cultural and cognitive relevance of classical receptions in the Academy.

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Maarten De Pourcq is Professor of European Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen. After studying Classics, he received his Ph.D. degree with a dissertation on Roland Barthes and the Classics from the University of Leuven. His main research interest is classical reception studies in the 20th and 21st century.
Nathalie de Haan got her Ph.D. degree from the University of Nijmegen with a dissertation on private baths in the Roman world. She was Director of Studies in Archaeology at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. At present she is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research interests include the history of Classics in Italy in the 19th and 20th centuries.
David Rijser is Professor of Classical Receptions at the University of Groningen, and teaches Classics at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on Classical Receptions. His Antiquity Renewed: How Tiberius Landed in New Jersey, is published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.
"Il faut redire l’excellente impression que nous laisse la lecture de cet ouvrage, dans lequel les articles sont accessibles et peu jargonneux. Les quelques images en couleur sont les bienvenues et les exemples développés au fil des chapitres sont assez originaux compte-tenu des publications antécédentes sur le même sujet. Les « cadres » analytiques très riches et les enjeux posés par les éditeurs sont largement respectés, et de manière convaincante." - Mathieu Scapin, in: Anabases. Traditions et Réceptions de l'Antiquité 29.10.2021
"'Insgesamt liefert der Band aber einen sehr anregenden Überblick über die neuste Forschung zum Thema; nützlich ist auch der ausführliche kommentierte Abschnitt mit weiterführender Literatur am Ende jedes Beitrags." - Balbina Bäbler, in: Sehepunkte. Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften 02.2022
Notes on Contributors

Framing Classical Reception Studies: Introduction
Maarten De Pourcq, Nathalie de Haan and David Rijser

Framing Reception

Aspirations and Mantras in Classical Reception Research: Can There Really Be Dialogue between Ancient and Modern?
Lorna Hardwick

Familiarity and Recognition: Towards a New Vocabulary for Classical Reception Studies
Clare Foster

Of Mice and Manuscripts: Literary Reception and the Material Text
Fran Middleton

Approaching Classical Reception through the Frame of Social Class
Edith Hall and Henry Stead

Cases, Contexts and Frames

Classical Reception in Medieval Preaching: Pyramus and Thisbe in Three Fifteenth-Century Sermons
Pietro Delcorno

Rutilius Namatianus’ De reditu suo: the Anthropology of Reception
Piet Gerbrandy

Comenius: the New Tityrus of Leibniz (G.W. Leibniz, In Johannem Amosum Comenium)
Cecilia Pavarani

Innocence Framed: Classical Myth as a Strategic Tool in Jacob Duym’s Nassausche Perseus (1606)
Jeroen Jansen

Nepos and Suetonius Meet the Early Modern Period: Some Observations on Transformations of Ancient Biographical Literature in Humanist Editions and Commentaries
Ronny Kaiser

Framing Humanist Visions of Rome: Heritage Construction in Latin Literature
Susanna de Beer

Translation as Classical Reception: ‘Transcreative’ Rhythmic Translations in Brazil
Rodrigo Tadeu Gonçalves and Guilherme Gontijo Flores

Breaking Bad as Mirror of Medea: a Case for Comparative Reception
Koen Vacano

Epilogue: Nothing to Do with Oedipus? Towards New Roles for Classics
David Rijser
General readers in the humanities; those interested in Classics, classical receptions, cultural history, history of the humanities and cultural studies.
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