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Queer heroes and action heroines: gender and sexuality in Spartacus
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). (Multiple Screens as Material UGPS)
2015 (English)In: Spartacus in the television arena: essays on the Starz Series / [ed] Michael G. Cornelius, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2015, 1-220 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator turned rebel leader, endures as a near-mythic hero who fought for the oppressed against a Roman oligarchy built on the backs of slave labor. The image of Spartacus as a noble if doomed avenger is familiar and his story has been retold through history as a cautionary tale about social injustice.The television series Spartacus takes a different view, with a violent depiction of the man and his times and a focus on the archetype of the gladiator—powerful, courageous and righteous. This collection of new essays studies the series as an exploration of masculinity.In the world of Spartacus, men jockey for social position, question the nature of their lives, examine their relationships with women and with each other, and explore their roles in society and the universe. The series also offers a compelling study of the composite nature of historical narrative in television and film, where key facts from original sources are interwoven with period embellishments, presenting audiences with a history and a fiction whose lines remain blurred by a distant yet all-too-familiar past.

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Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2015. 1-220 p.
Keyword [en]
Roman culture, gender, film, TV, media history
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History and Archaeology Other Humanities Studies on Film Media and Communications
Research subject
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History; History; medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100911ISBN: 978-1-4766-2030-5ISBN: 978-0-7864-9801-7OAI: diva2:794830
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Available from: 2015-03-13 Created: 2015-03-13 Last updated: 2015-03-13Bibliographically approved

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