American Women and Classical Myths

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Traces the way classical myths have shaped American women's identity.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

In this beautiful volume, scholarship and storytelling make a fine home together.

-Susan Ford Wiltshire, Professor of Classics, Chair Department of Classical Studies, Vanderbilt University

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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)

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Staley (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Maryland, College Park and a Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Book of Myths 1

Part I American Women

1 Examples of Classical Myth in the Poems of Phillis Wheatley Julian Mason 23

2 Margaret Fuller and Her Timeless Friends Marie Cleary 35

3 H. D., Daughter of Helen: Mythology as Actuality Sheila Murnaghan 63

4 Those Two or Three Human Stories: Willa Cather, Classical Myth, and the New World Epic Mary R. Ryder 85

5 Edith Hamilton and Greco-Roman Mythology Judith P. Hallett 105

Part II Classical Myths

6 Liberating Woman: Athena as Cultural Icon in the United States Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch 133

7 Victorian Antigone: Classicism and Women's Education in America, 1840-1900 Caroline Winterer 159

8 The Figure of Penelope in Twentieth-Century Poetry by American Women Lillian E. Doherty 181

9 The Amazons: Wonder Women in America Gregory A. Staley 207

Notes 229

Bibliography 247

List of Contributors 273

Index 277

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