The Callisto Myth From Ovid to Atwood

The Callisto Myth From Ovid to Atwood

Initiation and Rape in Literature

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Kathleen Wall traces the myth through fifteen works of English, American, and Canadian literature, providing a fresh, feminist reading of these narratives. Among the works analysed are selections by Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and George Elliot. The resulting text reveals many facets of the realities of women's experience from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. And ultimately, Wall shows rape to be an expression of dominance rather than lust, giving increased support to the definition suggested by feminists. Wall demonstrates that the Callisto myth is a powerful archetype which illustrates both the victimization of women and their search for independence and autonomy, an archetype that should not be ignored by modern women.

The Callisto myth demonstrates the vulnerability of women to the power of the patriarchy. Kathleen Wall opens her analysis with a discussion of the classical versions of the Callisto myth. She draws a discrete parallel between Callisto's rape by Zeus and the traditional rape of femininity by the patriarchy and its institutions.


McGill Queens Univ Pr
The Callisto myth demonstrates the vulnerability of women to the power of the patriarchy. Kathleen Wall opens her analysis with a discussion of the classical versions of the Callisto myth. She draws a discrete parallel between Callisto's rape by Zeus and the traditional rape of femininity by the patriarchy and its institutions.

Kathleen Wall traces the myth through fifteen works of English, American, and Canadian literature, providing a fresh, feminist reading of these narratives. Among the works analysed are selections by Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and George Elliot. The resulting text reveals many facets of the realities of women's experience from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. And ultimately, Wall shows rape to be an expression of dominance rather than lust, giving increased support to the definition suggested by feminists.Wall demonstrates that the Callisto myth is a powerful archetype which illustrates both the victimization of women and their search for independence and autonomy, an archetype that should not be ignored by modern women.
The Callisto myth demonstrates the vulnerability of women to the power of the patriarchy. Kathleen Wall opens her analysis with a discussion of the classical versions of the Callisto myth. She draws a discrete parallel between Callisto's rape by Zeus and the traditional rape of femininity by the patriarchy and its institutions.
Kathleen Wall traces the myth through fifteen works of English, American, and Canadian literature, providing a fresh, feminist reading of these narratives. Among the works analysed are selections by Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and George Elliot. The resulting text reveals many facets of the realities of women's experience from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. And ultimately, Wall shows rape to be an expression of dominance rather than lust, giving increased support to the definition suggested by feminists. Wall demonstrates that the Callisto myth is a powerful archetype which illustrates both the victimization of women and their search for independence and autonomy, an archetype that should not be ignored by modern women.


Publisher: Kingston [Ont.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1988
ISBN: 9780773561564
0773561560
0773506403
9780773506404
Characteristics: 1 online resource (227 pages)
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