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Subverting sex and love in Alejandro Amenabar's 'Agora'

Paul, Joanna (2013). Subverting sex and love in Alejandro Amenabar's 'Agora'. In: Cyrino, Monica ed. Screening Sex and Love in the Ancient World. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 227.

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Joanna Paul considers the bold innovation of Agora among ancient epic films for its setting in late antiquity, its nuanced depiction of religion and intellectual culture, and most
significant, its presentation of the scholar Hypatia as a woman who is not primarily defined by her male romantic or familial relationships. Paul argues that the film’s originality lies in its use of the central female character to subvert epic cinematic conventions concerning love and sex, while it positions her brutal murder by zealots (in A.D. 415) as a
symbol of the demise of the classical world.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1-137-29959-2, 978-1-137-29959-8
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 32625
Depositing User: Joanna Paul
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2012 09:03
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:15
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