Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

by Vanda Zajko, Miriam Leonard
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199237948

ISBN-13: 9780199237944

Pub. Date: 03/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Laughing with Medusa explores a series of interlinking questions, including: Does history's self-positioning as the successor of myth result in the exclusion of alternative narratives of the past? How does feminism exclude itself from certain historical discourses? Why has psychoanalysis placed myth at the centre of its explorations of the modern subject? Why

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Laughing with Medusa explores a series of interlinking questions, including: Does history's self-positioning as the successor of myth result in the exclusion of alternative narratives of the past? How does feminism exclude itself from certain historical discourses? Why has psychoanalysis placed myth at the centre of its explorations of the modern subject? Why are the Muses feminine? Do the categories of myth and politics intersect or are they mutually exclusive? Does feminism's recourse to myth offer a script of resistance or commit it to an ineffective utopianism? Covering a wide range of subject areas including poetry, philosophy, science, history, and psychoanalysis as well as classics, this book engages with these questions from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. It includes a specially commisssioned work of fiction, 'Iphigeneia's Wedding', by the poet Elizabeth Cook.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199237944
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Series:
Classical Presences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     x
List of Contributors     xi
Introduction   Vanda Zajko   Miriam Leonard     1
Myth and Psychoanalysis
The Cronus Complex: Psychoanalytic Myths of the Future for Boys and Girls   Rachel Bowlby     21
'Who are we when we read?': Keats, Klein, Cixous, and Elizabeth Cook's Achilles   Vanda Zajko     45
Beyond Oedipus: Feminist Thought, Psychoanalysis, and Mythical Figurations of the Feminine   Griselda Pollock     67
Myth and Politics
Lacan, Irigaray, and Beyond: Antigones and the Politics of Psychoanalysis   Miriam Leonard     121
Antigone and the Politics of Sisterhood   Simon Goldhill     141
Fascism on Stage: Jean Anouilh's Antigone   Katie Fleming     163
Myth and History
A Woman's History of Warfare   Ellen O'Gorman     189
'Beyond glorious Ocean': Feminism, Myth, and America   Gregory Staley     209
Myth and Science
Atoms, Individuals, and Myths   Duncan Kennedy     233
The Philosopher and the Mother Cow: Towards a Gendered Reading of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura   Alison Sharrock     253
Science Fictions and Cyber Myths: or, Do Cyborgs Dream of Dolly the Sheep?   Genevieve Liveley     275
Myth and Poetry
Putting the "Women Back into the Hesiodic: Catalogue of Women   Lillian Doherty     297
Reclaiming the Muse   Penny Murray     327
Defying History: The Legacy of Helen in Modern Greek Poetry   Efi Spentzou     355
This tart fable': Daphne, and Apollo in Modern Women's Poetry   Rowena Fowler     381
Iphigeneia's Wedding   Elizabeth Cook     399
Select Bibliography     411
Index     437

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