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- DescriptionWomen's mythic revision is a tradition at the heart of twentieth-century literature. Medea's Chorus explores post-WWII women's poetry that takes Greek mythology as its central topos. The book investigates five of the most influential poets writing in the twentieth century (H.D., Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland) who challenge both the ancient literary representations of women and the high modernist appropriations of the classics. In their poetry and prose, the women engage with cultural discourses about literary authority, gender, oppression, violence, and age. Yet even while the poets rework certain aspects of the Greek myths that they find troubling, they see the inherent power in the stories and use that power for personal and social revelation. Because myths exist in multiple versions, ancient writers did t create from scratch; their artistic contribution lay in how they changed the stories. Modern female poets are engaging in a several millennia-old tradition of mythic revision, a tradition that has ruthlessly posited that there is place for women in the creation and transmission of mythological poetry. Medea's Chorus tracks mythic revision from the 1950s through the second-wave feminist movement and into turn-of-the-century feminism to highlight individual achievements and to show the collective effect of the poets' highly varied works on post-WWII literature and feminist thought and practice. This engaging and beautifully written book is a must-read for any student, teacher, or scholar of the Classical Tradition, revisionist mythmaking, and twentieth-century poetry.
- Author BiographyVeronica House is Associate Faculty Director for Service-Learning and Outreach in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she has taught courses in mythology, women's literature, and the Classical Tradition. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, from the University of Maryland.
- Author(s)Veronica House
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication11/03/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Modern Poetry
- Series Part/Volume Number19
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2013
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
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- Weight390 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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