Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

by Vanda Zajko, Miriam Leonard
     
 

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

1The Cronus complex : psychoanalytic myths of the future for boys and girls21
2'Who are we when we read?' : Keats, Klein, Cixous, and Elizabeth Cook's Achilles45
3Beyond Oedipus : feminist thought, psychoanalysis, and mythical figurations of the feminine67
4Lacan, Irigaray, and beyond : Antigones and the politics of psychoanalysis121
5Antigone and the politics of sisterhood141
6Fascism on stage : Jean Anouilh's Antigone163
7A woman' history of warfare189
8'Beyond glorious ocean' : feminism, myth, and America209
9Atoms, individuals, and myths233
10The philosopher and the mother cow : towards a gendered reading of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura253
11Science fictions and cyber myths : or, do cyborgs dream of Dolly the sheep?275
12Putting the women back into the Hesiodic Catalogue of women297
13Reclaiming the muse327
14Defying history : the legacy of Helen in modern Greek poetry355
15'This tart fable' : Daphne, and Apollo in modern women's poetry381
16Ephigeneia's wedding399

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