Neo-Peplum Studies

The New Peplum - Cover

At the end of 2017, my first book, The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs since the 1990s, was published by McFarland. The anthology covers the concept of neo-pepla, sword and sandal films and television after 1990. The original CFP for this book can be found at H-net.

The table of contents is as follows:

Foreword - David R. Coon
Introduction - Nicholas Diak

Part One - Crossing the Rubicon: Expanding the Neo- Peplum Boundaries

Adapting to New Spaces: Swords and Planets and the Neo- Peplum - Paul Johnson
Hercules: Transmedia Superhero Mythology - Djoymi Baker
From Crowds to Swarms: Movement and Bodies in Neo- Peplum Films - Kevin M. Flanagan

Part Two - Wisdom from the Gods: Mythological Adaptations

There are no boundaries for our Boats: Vikings and the Westernization of the Norse Saga - Steve Nash
Sounds of Swords and Sandals: Music in Neo-Peplum BBC Television Docudramas - Nick Poulakis
Hercules, Xena and Genre: The Methodology Behind the Mashup - Valerie Estelle Frankel

Part Three - The “Glory” of Rome: Depictions of the Empire

Male Nudity, Violence and the Disruption of Voyeuristic Pleasure in Starz’s Spartacus - Hannah Mueller
Sex, Lies and Denarii: Roman Depravity and Oppression in Starz’s SpartacusJerry B. Pierce
In the Green Zone with the Ninth legion: The Post-Iraq Roman Film - Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Part Four - Sculpted in Marble: Gender and Representation

Laughing at the Body: The Imitation of Masculinity in Peplum Parody Films - Tatiana Prorokova
Queering the Quest: Neo-Peplum and the Neo-Femme in Xena: Warrior Princess - Haydee Smith

Afterword - Steven L. Sears


The book can be found in physical and electronic versions in a variety of online retailers:

The following websites have done reviews of The New Peplum:


The following texts have cited or referenced The New Peplum:



To compliment/supplement this book, here are some of my articles, musing, and reviews on neo-pepla, sword and sandal, sword and sorcery, sword and planet, and all genres in between. 


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