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Classics in the Modern WorldA Democratic Turn?$
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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001

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(p.427) Afterword
Classics in the Modern World

S. Sara Monoson

Oxford University Press

The Afterword reviews the theoretical and archive-building contributions of this collection as a whole and argues that we can find a visual allegory of the intellectual processes of reception that is emblematic of this volume’s conversations about the current trends and aspirations of classical reception studies in a sculptural group entitled ‘Transmission’ by the American artist Leo Friedlander. This 1934 pair of reliefs—‘Radio’ and ‘Television’— sit high above the pylons flanking the 50th and 51st Street entrances to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City as a clear visual allegory. This Afterword shows that the dynamic engagement of the various figures in this composition with invisible electronic forces, their architectural setting, and each other highlights the two-way, active nature of all reception study, its real demands on the reader or viewer, and its potential impact in the public arena.

Keywords:   classical reception studies, visual allegory, Leo Friedlander, Rockefeller Plaza

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