The cover of this book has the title, Helen of Troy, in large yellow letters on the upper left with an image of a woman in a Roman warrior headdress diagonally across the rest of the page.

Helen of Troy in Hollywood

Ruby Blondell (Classics)

Helen of Troy in Hollywood (Princeton, 2023) examines the figure of the mythic Helen in film and television, showing how storytellers from different Hollywood eras have used Helen to grapple with the problems and dynamics of gender and idealized femininity. Paying careful attention to how the image of Helen is embodied by the actors who have portrayed her, Ruby Blondell provides close readings of such works as Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy and the Star Trek episode “Elaan of Troyius,” going beyond contextualization to lead the reader through a fundamental rethinking of how we understand and interpret the classic tradition.

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