This collection of original essays examines innovations in both the theory and practice of classical philology. The chapters address interdisciplinary methods in a variety of ways. Some apply theoretical insights derived from other disciplines, such as folklore studies, performance theory, feminist criticism, and the like, to classical texts. Others examine the relationships between classics and cultural studies, popular literature, film, art history, and other related disciplines. Others, again, look to the evolution of theoretical methods within the discipline of classics. Taken together, the essays offer a spectrum of new approaches in the classics and their place within the profession.
Thomas M. Falkner is professor of classical studies and dean of the faculty at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Nancy Felson is professor of classics at the University of Georgia in Athens. David Konstan is professor of classics and comparative literature at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Part 1 Ideology Chapter 2 Theorizing Athenian Imperialism and the Athenian State Chapter 3 Women and Democracy in Ancient Greece Chapter 4 Utopia and Myth in Aristophanes' Ecclesiazousae Chapter 5 Body / Politics: Is There a History of Reading? Part 6 Performance Chapter 7 Homer and Plato at the Panathenaia: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives Chapter 8 Sicilian Folktales, Cognitive Psychology, and Oral Theory Chapter 9 Madness Visible: Tragic Ideology and Poetic Authority in Sophocles' Ajax Part 10 Dialogue Chapter 11 Sophoklean Dialogues Chapter 12 The Figured Stage: Focalizing the Initial Narratives of Herodotus and Thucydides Chapter 13 Platonic Mimesis Part 14 Contextualizing Classics Chapter 15 Gender Studies Chapter 16 Cultural Studies and Classics: Contrasts and Opportunities Chapter 17 From Film Analysis to Oral-Formulaic Theory: The Case of the Yellow Oilskins Chapter 18 Mass Market Romans Chapter 19 Arethusa and the Politics of Criticism