Is the second 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. Provisional publication date 2019/2020.
The volume The Exemplary Hercules: from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and beyond covers receptions of the hero in the early-modern period (other than topics which belong in the volumes on the Christian Hercules or on performance). General issues pursued include: the extent to which Hercules was considered to be the incarnation of virtue, and ways in which this might be problematized; continuities and contrasts between representations in different media at different times and in different places; notions of self-fashioning and the undoing of the governmental model; Roman Catholic and Protestant approaches to the pagan model.
Overview of Contents with links to abstracts
Emma Stafford, Foreword
Valerie Mainz and Emma Stafford Introduction: the transmission of a classical tradition in theory and practice
i) Applying the Canon Across Media
Anne-Sophie Laruelle, Hercules in the Art of Flemish Tapestry (1450-1556)
ii) Exploiting the Canon
Russell Goulbourne, Voltaire’s Hercules
iii) Challenging the Canon in the Later Eighteenth Century
Valerie Mainz, Hercules, his Club and the French Revolution
Provisional content for The Exemplary Hercules