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Odyssean identities in modern cultures : the journey home / edited by Hunter Gardner and Sheila Murnaghan.

Publication:
Columbus : The Ohio State University Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
Classical memories/modern identities.
Classical memories/modern identities
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Subjects:
Homecoming in literature.
Literature, Modern -- History and criticism.
Classical literature -- Influence.
Literature, Modern.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
Addressed to both classicists and students of modern culture, Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures: The Journey Home traces the Odyssey's central theme of homecoming in a wide range of narratives from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Accounts of the journey home in novels, plays, lyric poems, paintings, and a television series explore the challenges of returning from a long absence to reclaim a former life. These retellings raise fresh questions about the relationship between home and the identities we expect to find rooted there and stress the elusiveness of a satisfying homecoming. They remind us that the Odyssey's happy ending is itself qualified by the hero's unsettled future, the violence of his return, and the independent desires of his friends and family members. At the same time, they highlight new obstacles to homecoming posed by the modern world with its political and economic upheavals, newly configured family relations and gender roles, and diminished confidence in the stability of identity. The authors discussed include Charlotte Yonge, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, George Seferis, Yannis Ritsos, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Frazier, W.B. Sebald, Marilynne Robinson, and Zachary Mason.
Contents:
Nostos : Odyssean identities in modern cultures / Sheila Murnaghan and Hunter Gardner
Mulan comes home from the war : the meaning of homecoming in Late Imperial Chinese literature / Jie Guo
"Go back to your loom Dad" : weaving nostos in the twenty-first century / Corinne Pache
Absent fathers and faithful wives : Penelope-figures in the novels of Charlotte Yonge / Clemence Schultze
A Penelopean return : desire, recognition, and nostos in the poems of Yannis Ritsos and Gail Holst-Warhaft / Victoria Reuter
The misadventure of staying home : thwarted nostos in De Chirico and Rebecca West / Sheila Murnaghan
1922's "UnUlyssean" Ulysses : modernist visions and revisions of the Homeric nostos / Leah Culligan Flack
Penelope in Bronzeville : the theme of nostos in Gwendolyn Brooks's "The Anniad" / Wendy Whelan-Stewart
Ambiguous homecomings : Cold mountain and the Odyssey / Jonathan BUrgess
"One equal temper of heroic hearts" : nostos, home, and identity in the Odyssey and Mad men / Barbara Weiden Boyd
Sleeping outside in Homer's Odyssey and W.G. Sebald's The emigrants / Alex Purves
Modernist revisions of return : home and domesticity in Yiorgos Seferis and Yiannis Ritsos / Efrossini Spentzou
Dislodging home and self in Zachary Mason's The lost books of the Odyssey / Zina Giannopoulou
Homecomings and housekeepings : Homer's Odyssey and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping / Carol Dougherty.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-323) and index.
Contributor:
Gardner, Hunter H., editor.
Murnaghan, Sheila, 1951- editor.
ISBN:
9780814212486
0814212484
9780814293508
0814293506
OCLC:
861955958
Publisher Number:
99975763140