American Women and Classical Myths

American Women and Classical Myths

by Gregory A. Staley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1932792856

ISBN-13: 9781932792850

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: Baylor University Press

American women, in contrast to their European counterparts, have long engaged with and critiqued the myths of antiquity. American Women and Classical Myths is a collection of essays exploring the paradoxical attitudes that women in the U.S. have exhibited over a span of more than two centuries. Contributors address two broad topics. They examine the attempts

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American women, in contrast to their European counterparts, have long engaged with and critiqued the myths of antiquity. American Women and Classical Myths is a collection of essays exploring the paradoxical attitudes that women in the U.S. have exhibited over a span of more than two centuries. Contributors address two broad topics. They examine the attempts of several influential American women, including Margaret Fuller, Edith Hamilton and Hilda Doolittle, to interpret myth for an audience that distrusted it. In addition, they show how American women have reinterpreted myths about women such as Antigone, Penelope, or the Amazons to create identities appropriate to women in the New World.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932792850
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Book of Myths Gregory A. Staley

Part I: American Women

1. Examples of Classical Myth in the Poems of Phillis Wheatley

Julian Mason

2. Margaret Fuller and Her Timeless Friends

Marie Cleary

3. H.D., Daughter of Helen: Mythology as Actuality

Sheila Murnaghan

4. Those Two or Three Human Stories: Willa Cather, Classical Myth, and the New World Epic

Mary R. Ryder

5. Edith Hamilton and Greco-Roman Mythology

Judith P. Hallett

Part II: Classical Myths

6. Liberating Woman: Athena as Cultural Icon in the United States

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch

7. Victorian Antigone: Classicism and Women’s Education in America, 1840-1900

Caroline Winterer

8. The Figure of Penelope in Twentieth-Century Poetry by American Women

Lillian E. Doherty

9. The Amazons: Wonder Women in America

Gregory A. Staley

Notes

Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

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