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from c.1970 to the Present


The Project
About the project

Project Publications
(including Archived Conference papers)

Specialist Bibliography
Masks Workshop Video

Critical Essays

New Voices
Practitioners' Voices

2010 Conference

A Democratic Turn


2009 Democratic Turn Eseminar

1998-2008 Archived topics

Drama Database
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Poetry Database

(pilot v. 1)
An Introduction

Case Study 1:
Michael Longley

Case Study 2:
Eavan Boland and
Olga Broumas

Database Pilot Sample:
Eavan Boland
Olga Broumas
Ted Hughes
Michael Longley

Classical historiography, ideas and material culture
Exhibiting Democracy

Classical Reception Studies Network


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Welcome to Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry in English project site. This project has been established to document and analyse the theatrical and literary surge of interest in Greek texts and drama which is a phenomenon of the late twentieth century.

Redevelopment Plans

The website for the Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry in English project is currently under redevelopment.

New research will be added to the poetry database.

Classics in the Modern World – a Democratic Turn? An International Research Collaboration to be held at Milton Keynes 18-20 June 2010.
This international conference was the culmination of the collaborative work that has been developed with colleagues in Australasia, Europe, South Africa and the US on the implications of the ‘Democratic Turn', in which classical texts, material culture and ideas seem in recent years to have become more widely used among all sections of society and cultural groups, rather than restricted to elites. The conference included case studies, analysis of the implications for how classical culture is perceived and transmitted, evaluation of approaches, methods and scholarship and, especially, critical examination of the extent to which the impression of more ‘democratic' impact is, or is not, justified by the evidence. We expect this conference to lead to a substantial publication.There was also a workshop for graduate students on Friday 18th June (who were then welcome to attend the whole conference).

A conference publication of selected papers, to be edited by Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison, is planned for the near future.

Conference organisers: Lorna Hardwick (The Open University), Stephen Harrison (Oxford University), Jess Hughes (The Open University) Anastasia Bakogianni (The Open University), Kate Nichols (RHUL) and Carol Gillespie (The Open University).

Project Staff

Dr. Anastasia Bakogianni
Dr. Edward Hadley (Consultant)
Rosemary Wilkinson (Consultant)

Summary of Recent Project News

Modern productions and ancient classical plays
The first phase of our project documents modern productions of ancient plays and the processes associated with the creation of the performances (use menu on the left to access the database of performances and critical essays).

The Classical Texts and Modern Poetry
The second phase of our project investigates the relationship between classical material and modern poetry (c. 1970 to 2005). An Introduction, Case Study One, and Database pilot samples Michael Longley and Ted Hughes documented by Lorna Hardwick), are already available on the Project site. Rosemary Wilkinson, a research consultant to the Project, has documented two female poets, Eavan Boland and Olga Broumas (use menu on the left to access the database pilot samples).

Vacancies in Classical Reception Studies

This website was last updated: April 2011