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New Book Series on Classics in Twentieth-Century Writing

13 August 2015

Bristol's Dr Laura Jansen is the editor of a new series of books to be published by Bloomsbury Academic on Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing. Modern literary and philosophical writing is generally associated with innovation and a break with tradition - and yet at the same time, many of the most important authors maintain a fluid dialogue with the Greco-Roman past and its cultural legacy. This will be the first series to explore in depth this modern encounter with antiquity in the works of authors recognized for their global impact on modern poetics, philosophy, and socio-politics. It asks how modern authors’ appeal to the classical past opens up new readings of their oeuvres and contexts, and it considers how this process in turn renders new insights into the classical world.

An important feature of the series will be its range and scope: it will cover both Anglophone and non-Anglophone writers (e.g. T.S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, Virginia Woolf, Robert Graves, C.P. Cavafy, Hannah Arendt, Italo Calvino, Christa Wolf and Roland Barthes), and will include writers who began writing in the twentieth century but have continued to publish in the twenty-first (e.g. Seamus Heaney, Umberto Eco, Anne Carson, Tony Harrison). The series will expand the horizons of reception theory and practice, while offering fresh and thought-provoking insights into both the Greco-Roman world and modern authors themselves.

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