“The ever-dissolving image of deceptively tranquil antiquity”: Classical Myth and Literature in the Prose and Poetry of Laura Riding

Published: Nov 8, 2020
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Elena Theodorakopoulos
This essay discusses the poet, critic and novelist Laura (Riding) Jackson (1901-1991), and her engagement with classical myth and literature. The focus is on her poetry and on the novel A Trojan Ending. The aim of the essay is to establish Riding as a significant voice in the reception and interpretation of classical myth and literature during the 1920s and 30s.
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Elena Theodorakopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham
Elena Theodorakopoulos is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are in the areas of Greek and Latin literature, and their reception in modern and contemporary works, especially by women writers. With Fiona Cox, she co-edited a special issue of Classical Receptions Journal titled ‘Translation, trangression, transformation: contemporary women authors and classical reception’ (2012). Also, with Fiona Cox she is co-editor of Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer, 1914-2014 (Oxford UP, 2019). She has also written on Classics and film, including her book Ancient Rome at the Cinema: Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and Rome (2010).