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Epic Heroes on Screen$
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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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Hercules: The Mythopoetics of New Heroism

Hercules: The Mythopoetics of New Heroism

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(p.28) 2 Hercules: The Mythopoetics of New Heroism
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Epic Heroes on Screen
Author(s):

Alastair J. L. Blanshard

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.003.0003

This chapter and the next two focus on the most recent manifestations of Hercules on screen. It puts the recent output of Hercules-themed films into dialogue with earlier cinematic and television projects to demonstrate how these most recent versions both embody a tradition and represent a new critical departure. It shows a turn, starting from Disney’s Hercules (1997), in which the hero became a more flexible figure. The new flexibility of the Hercules character is further attributed to audience reception of cinematic texts. The author describes a new type of audience familiar with the “mega-text,” texts with storylines across genres. Audiences familiar with comics, fan fiction, and other artistic genres are capable of thinking about the hero in terms of tradition and adaptation.

Keywords:   Hercules, Disney, mega-text, tradition, adaptation

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