Landscapes of Dread in Classical Antiquity: Negative Emotion in Natural and Constructed Spaces [Hardback]

Debbie Felton (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781138104952 | Published by: Routledge | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 326p, 11 Halftones, black and white; 11 Illustrations, black and white

Landscapes of Dread in Classical Antiquity: Negative Emotion in Natural and Constructed Spaces


Over the last two decades, research in cultural geography and landscape studies has influenced many humanities fields, including Classics, and has increasingly drawn our attention to the importance of spaces and their contexts, both geographical and social: how spaces are described by language, what spaces are used for by individuals and communities, and how language, use, and the passage of time invest spaces with meaning. In addition to this "spatial" turn in scholarship, recent years have also seen an "emotive" turn-an increased interest in the study of emotion in literature. Many works on landscape in classical antiquity focus on such themes as the sacred and the pastoral and the emotions such spaces evoke, such as (respectively) feelings of awe or tranquility in settings both urban and rural. Far less scholarship has been generated by the locus terribilis, the space associated with negative emotions because of the bad things that happen there. In short, the recent "emotive" turn in humanities studies has so far largely neglected several of the more negative emotions, including anxiety, fear, terror, and dread. The papers in this volume focus on emotions such as anxiety, fear, terror, and especially dread-and they do so while treating many types of space, including domestic, suburban, rural, and virtual, and while covering many genres and authors, including art, Greek and Roman epic and lyric poetry, tragedy, the novel, and the short story.

Table of Contents

List of figures Contributors Preface and acknowledgements Introduction: Negative Emotion and the Landscape Debbie Felton and Kate Gilhuly Part I Evoking Dread in Early Greek Literature: Homer and Tragedy Limits of Dread: ἔσχατα, πεῖραρ, and Dangerous Edge-Space in Homeric Formulae Chloe Bray Abject Landscapes of the Iliad William Brockliss Home and Away: The Importance of Suicide Location in Sophocles' Ajax Bridget Martin Dreamscape and Dread in Euripides' Iphigenia among the Taurians Melissa Mueller Part II Anxiety and Dread in the Roman Landscape Living in Fear: Affect and Dwelling Space in Horace's Roman Odes Adrian Gramps Lucan's Toxic Discourse: The Prehistory of a Genre? Marian W. Makins Saeva Quies and Lucan's Landscapes of Anxiety Laura Zientek Wily Wetlands: Imperialism and Resistance in Tacitus's Batavian Revolt Leen Van Broeck Part III Dread of the Preternatural Dragonscapes Daniel Ogden The Liminal Space: Suburbs as a Demonic Domain in Classical Literature Julia Doroszewska Dread of Daimones in (Ancient) Urban Spaces Debbie Felton Haunted Minds, Haunted Places: Topographies of Insanity in Greek and Roman Paradoxography George Kazantzidis Part IV Epilogue: The Afterlife of Dreadful Antiquity Dread in the Dark? From Modern Fiction to Classical Antiquity Mercedes Aguirre Detroit and the Classical Sublime, or, In Defense of "Ruin Porn" Jesse Weiner with Terressa A. Benz   General index Index locorum

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