New PDF release: Bigger than Ben-Hur: The Book, Its Adaptations, and Their

By Barbara Ryan,Milette Shamir,Neil Sinyard,Eran Shalev,Jefferson J. A. Gatrall,Hilton Obenzinger,Howard Miller,Thomas J. Slater,Richard Walsh,Ina Rae Hark,David Mayer,Jon Solomon

First released in 1880, Ben-Hur: A story of the Christ grew to become a best-seller. The
popular novel spawned an 1899 level variation, attaining audiences of over
10 million, and hugely winning movie variations. For over a century, it has
become a ubiquitous pop cultural presence, representing a deeply robust story
and huge adventure for a few and a defining paintings of undesirable style and false
piety for others. the 1st and in basic terms choice of essays in this pivotal cultural icon,
Bigger Than "Ben-Hur" addresses Lew Wallace’s liked vintage to discover its
polarizing impression and to extend the contexts in which it may be studied.
within the essays amassed right here, students strategy Ben-Hur from a number of directions—
religious and secular, literary, theatrical, and cinematic—to understand
not only one tale in assorted codecs but in addition what they time period the "Ben-Hur tradition."
Drawing from quite a lot of disciplines, contributions comprise the rise
of the Protestant novel within the usa; relationships among and among
religion, spectacle, and consumerism; the "New lady" in early Hollywood;
and a "wish record" for destiny variations, between others. jointly, those essays
explore how this remarkably fluid tale of religion, love, and revenge has remained
relevant to audiences around the globe for over a hundred thirty years.

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