Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Pygmalion and Galatea

The History of a Narrative in English Literature, 1st Edition

By Essaka Joshua


216 pages

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Hardback: 9781138728806
pub: 2019-06-12

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This title was published in 2001. Pygmalion and Galatea presents an account of the development of the Pygmalion story from its origins in early Greek myth until the twentieth century. It focuses on the use of the story in nineteenth-century British literature, exploring gender issues, the nature of artistic creativity and the morality of Greek art.


'This book will be an indispensable resource for further work on the subject, and the chapter […] on shaw's Pygmalion is an important addition to scholarship on the play.' Australasian Victorian Studies Journal

Table of Contents

Introduction; Beginnings to the nineteenth century; ’Don’t look at J.J. Rousseau’: Pygmalion and the Romantics; Adam’s dream: Post-Romantic renarrations; The Pre-Raphaelite Pygmalion and mid-victorian hellenism; Nineteenth-Century Pygmalion plays: the context of Shaw’s Pygmalion; The twentieth century: towards a conclusion; Appendix 1 The Pygmalion story in dictionaries and handbooks of classical literature; Appendix 2 Bibliography of Pygmalion references.

About the Author

Essaka Joshua is a Lecturer in the Department of English, School of Humanities, University of Birmingham, UK.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature