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Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Vanda Zajko and Miriam Leonard


This book 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? This book engages with these questions ... More

Keywords: classical myth, feminism, history, psychoanalysis, Muses, utopianism, politics, poetry, philosophy, science

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199237944
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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

PART I Myth and Psychoanalysis

PART II Myth and Politics

PART III Myth and History

PART IV Myth and Science

PART V Myth and Poetry

13 Reclaiming the Muse

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16 Iphigeneia’s Wedding

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