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Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199237944
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Series: Classical Presences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Vanda Zajko is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol.
Miriam Leonard is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

1 The Cronus complex : psychoanalytic myths of the future for boys and girls 21
2 'Who are we when we read?' : Keats, Klein, Cixous, and Elizabeth Cook's Achilles 45
3 Beyond Oedipus : feminist thought, psychoanalysis, and mythical figurations of the feminine 67
4 Lacan, Irigaray, and beyond : Antigones and the politics of psychoanalysis 121
5 Antigone and the politics of sisterhood 141
6 Fascism on stage : Jean Anouilh's Antigone 163
7 A woman' history of warfare 189
8 'Beyond glorious ocean' : feminism, myth, and America 209
9 Atoms, individuals, and myths 233
10 The philosopher and the mother cow : towards a gendered reading of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 253
11 Science fictions and cyber myths : or, do cyborgs dream of Dolly the sheep? 275
12 Putting the women back into the Hesiodic Catalogue of women 297
13 Reclaiming the muse 327
14 Defying history : the legacy of Helen in modern Greek poetry 355
15 'This tart fable' : Daphne, and Apollo in modern women's poetry 381
16 Ephigeneia's wedding 399
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