Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood

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Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood is a comprehensive literarybiography of Helen of Troy, which explores the ways in which herstory has been told and retold in almost every century from theancient world to the modern day.
  • Takes readers on an epic voyage into the literaryrepresentations of a woman who has wielded a great influence onWestern cultural consciousness for more than three millennia
  • Features a wide and diverse variety of literary sources,including epic, drama, novels, poems, film, comedy, and opera, andworks by Homer, Euripides, Chaucer, Shakespeare
  • Includes an analysis of a radio play by the prize-winningauthor of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and aFaust play by a contemporary Scottish playwright
  • Explores themes such as narrative difficulties in portrayingHelen, how legal history relates to her story, and how writersapportion blame or exculpate her
  • Considers the aesthetic and narrative difficulties that ensuewhen literature translates myth
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About the author

Laurie Maguire is Professor of English at Oxford University and has authored or edited six previous books, including Studying Shakespeare and the popular Where There's a Will There's a Way. She has lectured widely at literary festivals in the U.S. and U.K.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Apr 6, 2009
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Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
Literary Criticism / Ancient & Classical
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