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By Veronica House

Women’s mythic revision is a practice on the middle of twentieth-century literature. Medea’s Chorus explores post-WWII women’s poetry that takes Greek mythology as its critical topos. The e-book investigates 5 of the main influential poets writing within the 20th century (H.D., Sylvia Plath, Adrienne wealthy, Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland) who problem either the traditional literary representations of girls and the excessive modernist appropriations of the classics. of their poetry and prose, the ladies have interaction with cultural discourses approximately literary authority, gender, oppression, violence, and age. but even whereas the poets remodel definite elements of the Greek myths that they locate troubling, they see the inherent strength within the tales and use that strength for private and social revelation. simply because myths exist in a number of models, historical writers didn't create from scratch; their inventive contribution lay in how they replaced the tales. glossy girl poets are undertaking a a number of millennia-old culture of mythic revision, a convention that has ruthlessly posited that there's no position for girls within the construction and transmission of mythological poetry. Medea’s Chorus tracks mythic revision from the Fifties throughout the second-wave feminist circulation and into turn-of-the-century feminism to spotlight person achievements and to teach the collective impact of the poets’ hugely various works on post-WWII literature and feminist notion and perform. This enticing and fantastically written booklet is a must-read for any pupil, instructor, or student of the Classical culture, revisionist mythmaking, and twentieth-century poetry.

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107 “Words i will become old and die in”: An Irish Ceres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 “Take whatever and holiday it”: not more Mythologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 end: Feminist Mythmaking on the Crossroads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 “That Stranger used to be Myself! ”: identity With the opposite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 House_Book. indd 6 11/1/13 2:56 PM Acknowledgments How thankful i'm that one summer time two decades in the past, whereas domestic from university traveling my mom and dad, I enrolled in Gregory Staley’s creation to Greek Mythology path on the college of Maryland. Greg has been my instructor, mentor, and pal ever on the grounds that, and for his selfless and continuous assistance and encouragement, i'm vastly thankful. As a ‘wise guy’ determine in my lifestyles, Greg helped to lead me towards my trust within the energy of fantasy. additionally from the collage of Maryland, i need to thank Phillis Levin and Michael Collier. It was once of their poetry workshops that I first started to make connections among fantasy and modern women’s poetry. From the college of Texas at Austin, I desire to thank an entire host of people that supported me via my doctoral paintings, which culminated in a far off draft of this ebook. Chuck Rossman, Brian Breman, and Lesley-Dean Jones provided helpful feedback, principles, and encouragement. Lisa Moore, whose insights and friendship in her Feminist conception direction helped me to first believe that I had discovered my group at UT. This venture couldn't have occurred with no Liz Cullingford, my super-star director who provided such help, astute critique, and trust in my undertaking. I thank her for her suggestions each step of ways. I don’t understand how i might have made it via these tough years of writing the 1st drafts of this ebook with no my really good staff of associates in Austin who supported me via all of it: Stacy Macdiarmid, Miriam Schacht, Peter Caster, Paul Minifee, Lee Rumburger, Susanna Childress. A heartfelt thank you is going to my pricey House_Book. indd 7 11/1/13 2:56 PM viii | medea ’ s refrain : delusion and ladies ’ s poetry considering the fact that 1950 pal Colleen Hynes, at whose apartment I wrote the preliminary drafts of this paintings. She learn lots of these drafts and provided critique and encouragement. together with her home-cooking, her friendship helped to maintain me. a distinct because of Dave Eddington, whose trust in me and my paintings by no means waned, whose love and generosity intended rather a lot. I pass over him deeply and thank him for his large position in motivating me in the course of the early levels of writing. i'm fortunate to have such a lot of remarkable colleagues on the collage of Colorado Boulder, that it might be tough to thank all of them. Marty Bickman has been a pal and recommend of my paintings from the beginning.

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