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Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths

Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths

by Helen Morales


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A witty, inspiring reckoning with the ancient Greek and Roman myths and their legacy, from what they can illuminate about #MeToo to the radical imagery of Beyoncé.

The picture of classical antiquity most of us learned in school is framed in certain ways — glossing over misogyny while omitting the seeds of feminist resistance. Many of today's harmful practices, like school dress codes, exploitation of the environment, and rape culture, have their roots in the ancient world.

But in Antigone Rising, classicist Helen Morales reminds us that the myths have subversive power because they are told — and read — in different ways. Through these stories, whether it's Antigone's courageous stand against tyranny or the indestructible Caeneus, who inspires trans and gender queer people today, Morales uncovers hidden truths about solidarity, empowerment, and catharsis.

Antigone Rising offers a fresh understanding of the stories we take for granted, showing how we can reclaim them to challenge the status quo, spark resistance, and rail against unjust regimes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568589350
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,137,268
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Helen Morales holds the Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction and Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip Through Tennessee, which inspired an honors history course about Dolly Parton at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Morales has been a guest on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour, and her work has been cited in the New York Times and The New Yorker. Morales taught previously at the University of Cambridge, where she was a Fellow of Newnham College, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in DC. She is on the editorial board of Eidolon, the popular online journal dedicated to antiquity and feminism. She lives with her family in Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Killing Amazons 1

2 No Peace, No Piece! 15

3 Dieting With Hippocrates 29

4 The Women Controllers 47

5 #METU 65

6 Diana, the Hunter of Bus Drivers 83

7 BEYONCE, Goddess 99

8 Transmythology 121

Coda: Antigone Rising 145

Author's Note 151

Acknowledgments 153

Notes 156

Index 189

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