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Penelopean Poetics: Reweaving the Feminine in Homers Odyssey Barbara Clayton

Penelopean Poetics: Reweaving the Feminine in Homers Odyssey

Barbara Clayton

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ISBN : 9781299781801
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155 pages
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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 replicationMoreA 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. Penelopes 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. Penelopes poetics become a discursive thread through which different feminine voices can realize their resistant capacities. Author Barbara Claytons work contributes to discussions in the classics as well as literary criticism, sex and gender studies, and womens studies.