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Rereading Penelope’s Web: The Anxieties of Female Authorship in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Richards, Jasmine. 2019. Rereading Penelope’s Web: The Anxieties of Female Authorship in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. In: Fiona Cox and Theodorakopoulos Elena, eds. Homer's Daughters: Women’s Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198802587 [Book Section]

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Abstract or Description

Feminist readings of the Odyssey often cast Penelope’s weaving and unravelling of Laertes’ shroud as an act of resistance against the suitors and the threat they pose to her independence, and as a signature or allegory for female authorship. In The Penelopiad (2005), Margaret Atwood uses a similar set of critical approaches and interpretive strategies in her feminist refiguration of Penelope and the twelve maids hanged at the end of the Odyssey as literary representations of female authors. In this, Atwood can be seen to play on the oral origins of the androcentric primary epic and the negative cultural associations of weaving with a dubious and inauthentic female oral tradition in order to explore, challenge, and confront the anxieties of female authorship.

Item Type:

Book Section

Additional Information:

'Rereading Penelope’s Web: The Anxieties of Female Authorship in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad' is Chapter 7 of Homer's Daughters: Women’s Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond edited by Fiona Cox and Elena Theodorakopoulos, Published 2019.

Keywords:

feminist, rewriting, Penelope, weaving, female, authorship, anxiety, Odyssey, Penelopiad, At-wood

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
2016Submitted
May 2018Accepted
10 October 2019Published

Item ID:

25896

Date Deposited:

27 Feb 2019 09:21

Last Modified:

08 Feb 2020 00:38

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25896

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