Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Paperback | January 10, 2008

EditorVanda Zajko, Miriam Leonard

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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 psychoanalysisplaced 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 widerange 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 ElizabethCook.

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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 psychoanalysisplaced myth at the centre of its explorations of...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:460 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:January 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199237948

ISBN - 13:9780199237944

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Table of Contents

Vanda Zajko and Miriam Leonard: IntroductionI. Myth and PsychoanalysisRachel Bowlby: Hope, Promise, Threaten, and Swear: Psychoanalytic Myths of the Future for Boys and GirlsVanda Zajko: `Who are we when we read?' Keats, Klein, Cixous, and Elizabeth Cook's AchillesGriselda Pollock: Beyond Oedipus: Feminist Thought, Psychoanalysis, and Mythical Figurations of the Feminine2. Myth and PoliticsMiriam Leonard: Lacan, Irigaray, and Beyond: Antigones and the Politics of PsychoanalysisSimon Goldhill: Antigone and the Politics of SisterhoodKatie Fleming: Fascism on Stage: Jean Anouilh's Antigone3. Myth and HistoryEllen O'Gorman: A Woman's History of WarfareGreg Staley: Beyond glorious Ocean': Feminism, Myth, and America4. Myth and ScienceDuncan Kennedy: Atoms, Individuals, and MythsAlison Sharrock: The Philosopher and the Mother Cow: Towards a Gendered Reading of Lucretius' De Rerum NaturaGenevieve Liveley: Science Fictions and Cyber Myths: Or, Do Cyborgs Dream of Dolly the Sheep?5. Myth and PoetryLillian Doherty: Putting the Women Back into the Hesiodic Catalogue of WomenPenny Murray: Reclaiming the MuseEfi Spentzou: Defying History: The Legacy of Helen in Modern PoetryRowena Fowler: `This tart fable': Daphne, Apollo, and Contemporary Women's PoetryElizabeth Cook: Iphigeneia's Wedding