A Penelopean Poetics: Reweaving the Feminine in Homer's Odyssey

A Penelopean Poetics: Reweaving the Feminine in Homer's Odyssey

by Barbara Clayton

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A Penelopean Poetics looks at the relationship between gender ideology and the self-referential poetics of the Odyssey through the figure of Penelope. She is a cunning story-teller; her repeated reweavings of Laertes' shroud a figurative replication of the process of oral poetic composition itself. Penelope's web is thus a discourse and it can be construed specifically as feminine. Her gendered poetics celebrates process, multiplicity, and ambiguity and it resists phallocentric discourse by undermining stable and fixed meanings. Penelope's poetics become a discursive thread through which different feminine voices can realize their resistant capacities. Author Barbara Clayton's work contributes to discussions in the classics as well as literary criticism, sex and gender studies, and women's studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739158746
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 01/29/2004
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Barbara Clayton teaches in the Classics Department and Introduction to the Humanities Program at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Not the Iliad: Reconsidering a Gendered Approach to the Odyssey
Chapter 2 Unweaving to Reweave: Poetry and Process
Chapter 3 Reweaving Identities: Odysseus' Lies and the Tale of the Scar
Chapter 4 Weaver and Artist: Surveying a Penelope Tradition
Chapter 5 Conclusion

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