The Modern Hercules: part 1

The Modern Hercules (part 1)

Is the first part of the third of four volumes associated with the Hercules Project and arises from the 2013 and 2017 conferences, with some additional commissioned chapters. These volumes will appear in the Brill series Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity, subject to the usual conditions of peer review.

The Modern Hercules (part 1) follows on chronologically from the Exemplary volume, and is a companion to the Performed volume, covering Hercules’ appearances in various media from the nineteenth century to the present day. It will include consideration of contemporary art, children’s literature, cartoons, political and commercial discourses. Part 2 exclusively considers screen adaptations.

Editors: Alastair Blanshard (Queensland), Emma Stafford (Leeds)

Series Editor: Emma Stafford (Leeds)

Overview of contents with links to abstracts

Emma Stafford, Series preface

Literature in the Nineteenth to Twenty-first Centuries

Will D. Desmond, Hercules among the Germans: From Winckelmann to Hegel

Clemence Schultze, Hercules among the Victorians: myths as typologies

Charilaos Michalopoulos, ‘And maybe in your case there would be no Herakles for you…’: Herakles in C.P. Cavalfy and Yiannis Ritsos 

Rachael White, The mirror of Greek myth’: James McAuley’s The Hero and the Hydra

Hugo Koning, The Egg-headed Hero: Agatha Christie’s The Labours of Hercules

Eleanor OKell, Hercules, Sex and Romance in Twenty-first-century Historical Fiction

A Hero for Children?

Owen Hodkinson, Hercules in children’s literature: a ‘warts and all’ model of masculinity?

Frances Foster, Demigod, god or monster? Rick Riordan’s Hercules

Hugo Koning, Hercules, Lion of Olympus

Political Discourse

Emma Stafford, Exhibiting Maguire’s Herakles: a dialogue between Old and New Worlds

Paula James, Whose Hero? Hercules and his avatars in political discourse

Andreas Michalopoulos, ‘Heracles got his club’ (Ο Ηρακλής πήρε το ρόπαλό του): the reception of Herakles in the modern Greek press additional images for this paper are linked from this page

Maria Xanthou and Kleoniki Kyrkopoulou, The ‘defenders of the crown’ (Οἱ Ἡρακλεῖς τοῦ στέµµατος): the reception of Herakles in modern Greek history

Maria Seijo-Richart, A Coruña, cidade herculina: Hercules as founder of cities

Victoria Győri, Mussolini and the precedent of Commodus-Hercules

Provisional content for The Modern Hercules (Volume 1)