Laughing with Medusa
Classical Myth and Feminist Thought
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Laughing with Medusa by Vanda Zajko
Book DescriptionLaughing 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 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? Covering a wide range 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 Elizabeth Cook.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199237944
(216mm x 138mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vanda Zajko
Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis, Hardback (June 2013)
This volume examines the inter-relationship of classical myth and psychoanalysis from the generation before Freud to the present day, engaging with debates about the role of classical myth in modernity, the importance of psychoanalytic ideas for cultural critique, and its ongoing relevance to ways of conceiving the self.
Translation and the Classic, Hardback (August 2008)
This collection of eighteen essays, including one by Nobel Prize winning author J. M. Coetzee, explores the fascinating and nuanced relationship between translation and the classic text.
Laughing with Medusa, Hardback (January 2006)» View all books by Vanda Zajko
Explores the reception of classical myth within feminist writing across a range of subject areas, including philosophy, science, politics, and psychoanalysis. This book claims that myth has been central to the formulation and development of feminist thought and politics, and examines the conceptual opposition between mythic and rational thought.
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Author Biography - Vanda Zajko
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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