• Sappho and Pocahontas in Terrence Malick's The New World (2005)

    Author(s):
    Seán Easton (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome
    Subject(s):
    American history, Cinema, Classical Greek literature, Film studies, Native American studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Womens History Month
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M69K8T
    Abstract:
    Writer-director Terrence Malick makes the character of Pocahontas in The New World (2005) deliver several lines from Sappho as her own thoughts and words. These quotations, in conjunction with allusions to Vergil and other sources, open narrative directions that enable Pocahontas to emerge within a film that begins as an epic of European exploration with her as the adventurer's love interest as the film's protagonist in her own right. Sappho's words serve to imbue Pocahontas' experience of passion and loss -- otherwise reminiscent of the abandoned women of epic -- with the validating authority of Sappho's lyric voice.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Book chapter
    Publisher:
    Palgrave-MacMillan
    Author/Editor:
    Cyrino, Monica S.
    Book Title:
    Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World
    Chapter:
    5
    Start Page:
    69
    End Page:
    83
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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