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 degree variation, attaining audiences of over
10 million, and hugely profitable movie variations. For over a century, it has
become a ubiquitous pop cultural presence, representing a deeply strong story
and huge event for a few and a defining paintings of undesirable flavor and false
piety for others. the 1st and in simple terms selection of essays in this pivotal cultural icon,
Bigger Than "Ben-Hur" addresses Lew Wallace’s liked vintage to discover its
polarizing influence and to extend the contexts during which it may be studied.
within the essays accumulated the following, students method 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 girl" in early Hollywood;
and a "wish checklist" 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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