The Modern Hercules: part 2

The Modern Hercules (part 2)

Is the second 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.

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 considers screen adaptations of the hero, from the TV-screen to the cinema-screen to the video-game screen. Part 1 considered contemporary art, children’s literature, cartoons, political and commercial discourses.

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

Series Editor: Emma Stafford (Leeds)

Overview of contents with links to abstracts

Emma Stafford, Series preface

Varieties of Reception

Stephe Harrop, Herakles on Chesil Bank: The Archers, Disavowable Classics, and The Small Back Room

Michael Williams, The Muscles of Hercules beneath the Skin of Antinuous’: Mapping Herculean Stardom in film fan-magazine discourse

Mathew Dillon, Hercules ‘Down Under’: Antipodean experiences of the hero’s machismo

For the Younger Viewer?

Arlene Allan, The Mighty Hercules Cartoon Series in Conversation with Steve Reeves’ Hercules, Superman Comics and 1960s Societal Norm

Lisa Maurice, Disney’s Hercules in Context: mouse-morality for mini-heroes

Sam Summers, A real American hero: the superhero-ification of Disney’s Hercules

Angelina Chiu, Learning the (T)ropes: life and lessons before labours for young Hercules in 1990s TV series

Jon Solomon, The Convergence of Family Values, Computer-Generated Monsters, and Cleavage in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Millennial Concerns

Ayelet Peer, The Labours of Hercules-Sama

Jean Alvares and Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, Hercules’ Self-fashioning on Screen: millennial concerns and political dimensions

Alix Beaumont, Through a Glass Partly: reflections of Hercules in video games, cinema and television

From Graphic Novel to Cinema Screen

Eran Almagor, A New Hercules? The Twelve Tasks of Asterix

Katherine Lu Hsu, Warriors, Murderers, Savages: violence in Steve Moore’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars

T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, Sex and Gender, Race and Orientalism in Steve Moore’s Hercules comics

Joel Gordon, ‘I am Hercules’ in 2014: rebooting and rationalizing a modern hero

Monica Cyrino, How The Rock became Rockules: Dwayne Johnson’s star text in Hercules (2014)

Provisional content for The Modern Hercules (Part 2)