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Bigger Than Ben-Hur
The Book, Its Adaptations, and Their Audiences

Edited by Barbara Ryan and Milette Shamir

Cloth $65.00L    |    978-0-8156-3417-1    |    2015

Paper $34.95s    |    978-0-8156-3403-4    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5331-8

"Bigger Than Ben-Hur’ is nothing short of amazing. It will become a standard work on the text. By offering incisive essays on everything from the novel’s narrative structure to its religious, political, and gendered resonances to its constantly evolving representations on the stage, screen, and in commodity culture, Ryan and Shamir shed much-needed light on a book that absolutely dominated late nineteenth-century print culture but that has been almost totally forgotten today."—Paul Gutjahr, professor of English, American studies, and religious studies, University of Indiana

"The fascinating essays in this book, written by specialists in a broad range of disciplines, show that the Ben-Hur tradition is not only "bigger than Ben-Hur" but still very much with us today, as we await the release of yet another cinematic interpretation of this iconic story."—Adele Reinhartz, professor of classics and religious studies, University of Ottawa

"A wonderful contribution to the study of American popular culture, and especially valuable to scholars interested in reception across genres. Taken together, these essays beautifully illustrate the multiple dimensions—literary, religious, historical—of Wallace’s text, illuminating larger issues of appropriation in the process."—Joan Shelley Rubin, Dexter Perkins Professor in History, University of Rochester

  Bigger Than Ben-Hur

  Barbara Ryan is associate professor in the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore. She is the author of Love, Wages, Slavery and a coeditor of Reading Acts. Milette Shamir is senior lecturer in English and American studies at Tel Aviv University. She is the author of Inexpressible Privacy: The Interior Life of Antebellum American Literature and coeditor of Boys Don’t Cry? Rethinking Narratives of Masculinity and Emotion in the U.S.

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6 x 9, 304 pages, 11 black-and-white illustrations, 2 tables, appendix, notes, bibliography, index

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