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Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity:
Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity
Simon Goldhill

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations vii
INTRODUCTION: Discipline and Revolution: Classics in Victorian Culture 1

PART 1. ART AND DESIRE
CHAPTER ONE: The Art of Reception: J. W. Waterhouse and the Painting of Desire in Victorian Britain 23
Fleshliness and Purity 26
Visualizing Desire, Elsewhere 45
Off the Chocolate Box 62

CHAPTER TWO: The Touch of Sappho 65
Viewed in the Light of Greece 66
Touching 72
Sappho on the Strand 79

PART 2. MUSIC AND CULTURAL POLITICS
CHAPTER THREE: Who Killed Chevalier Gluck? 87
Revolutionary Opera 90
The Art of Crying and the Happy Ending 97
Disinterring a Classic 104
The German Way 112
London Fashion 116

CHAPTER FOUR: Wagner’s Greeks: The Politics of Hellenism 125
"To be half a day a Greek!" 127
Staging the Sonderweg 134
Endeavoring to Forget 140

PART 3. FICTION: VICTORIAN NOVELS OF ANCIENT ROME
CHAPTER FIVE: For God and Empire 153
Every Book Needs a Hero 153
Whose History? 163
Fictionalizing the Past 177

CHAPTER SIX: Virgins, Lions, and Honest Pluck 193
The Knebworth Apollo 193
The Fiction of the Church 202
The Best-Selling Novel in America 215
The Harry Potter Effect 223
Jews, Egyptians, and Other Clichés of the Popular Sublime 231

SEVEN: Only Connect! 245
The Life of the Author 245
Victoria’s Historian, Darwin’s Parson 251
The Fight for the Middle Ground 258
CODA 265

Notes 273
Bibliography 313
Index 341

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