Project Title: Ideas and Aesthetics in Classical Reinterpretations of The Female Experience in Classical Texts
BASIS Advisor: Dr. Vincze
Internship Location: Teacher’s College, Columbia University
Onsite Mentor: Ms. Sammie Smith
The power of myths is cemented through repetition, and the constant reevaluation of these classic tales and the “truths” we derived is crucial to challenging existing power structures. Through this research, the understanding of how modern interpretations of myths work to dismantle and reconstruct patriarchal narratives will be expanded. Specifically, this project addresses female representation in modern reinterpretation of ancient mythology, and seeks to understand the methods that modern female authors employ in their writing of classical women. My primary research will be reading the three novels that center on the experience of one female character from the greek mythology: Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, and Circe by Madeline Miller. For context, I will first read the works of literary critics including Michel Foucoult’s “The Subject and Power” and Hélène Cixous’s “The Laugh of Medusa”. Internet research concerning the authors of each novel and scholarship surrounding the novels is used as necessary. Where available, I will use author interviews to understand authorial intentions. Specifically, I will be focusing on evidence concerning the purpose, process, and occasion authors present for writing these novels. A final essay response to each novel summarizing the themes, approach, and notable aspects of each work will advance our collective understanding of translation studies.
This week focused on a work by the French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984). Foucault is most associated with the structuralist and post-structuralist movements in philosophy. His career was largely spent analyzing various forms of power. This essay, “The Subject and Power”, was one of his last publications and is an overview of his life’s work. […]
This week I focused on a work of Hélène Cixous, an Algerian feminist, literary critic, and philosopher. Her essay, “The Laugh of Medusa”, focuses on feminine writing and its role in women’s liberation. Her work is as fearsome as it is brilliant. The main argument, similar to that found in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of […]
Welcome to Ancient Women in Modern Texts! This project seeks to understand how modern female authors reinterpret the tales of female characters from classical mythology. Readings of select novels and works of literary criticism form the basis of this investigation. Specifically, this project focuses on the aesthetics of modern retellings by examining an array of […]