The Modern Hercules: Volume 2

The Modern Hercules (volume 2)

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. Volume 1 will include consideration of 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

Angelina Chiu, Child’s Play: The education of young Hercules in two children’s television programmes

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

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

Millennial Concerns

Ayelet Peer, The Labours of Hercules-Sama

Jean Alvares and Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, Hercules’ self-fashioning on screen: millenial 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

Provisional content for The Modern Hercules (Volume 2)