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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

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

Alastair J. L. Blanshard

Edinburgh University Press

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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