The Modern Hercules: images of the hero from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century
This is the third of four volumes associated with the Hercules Project, all arising from the 2013 and 2017 conferences, with some additional commissioned chapters. These volumes are to appear in the Brill series Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity over 2020 and 2021. The Modern Hercules 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. Part 1 includes consideration of literature, children’s literature and political discourses. Part 2 considers screen adaptations of Hercules' story. The volume was published on 9th (e-copy) and 12th (hardback) November 2020. It can be ordered via Brill's website. See the review at BMCR 2022.06.06.
Cover image: Herakles discusses Boundary Issues with the Neighbours (lithograph 2007), courtesy of Marian Maguire.
Overview of contents with links to abstracts
Emma Stafford, Foreword
Alastair J.L. Blanshard and Emma J.Stafford, Hercules, the Modern Man: an introduction
PART 1: The Hero in Literature, Art and Politics
Nineteenth-century to Twenty-first-century Literature
Will D. Desmond, Hercules among the Germans: From Winckelmann to Hölderlin
Charilaos N. Michalopoulos, ‘And maybe in your case there wouldn’t be a Herakles…’: Herakles in C.P. Cavalfy and Yiannis Ritsos
A Hero for Children?
Frances Foster, Demigod, god or monster? Rick Riordan's Hercules
Hugo Koning, The Incredible Hercules: Prince of Power
Maria Xanthou and Kleoniki Kyrkopoulou, Reimagining Herakles: a supporter of the Greek revolution and a defender of the Greek crown
María Seijo-Richart, A Coruña, cidade herculina: Hercules as founder of cities