• 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.