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Vanda Zajko and Miriam Leonard

in Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199237944
eISBN:
9780191706455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237944.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This book explores how classical myth has been central to the development of feminist thought rather than focusing on feminist interpretations of specific myths. It is written under the sign of the ... More


Medusa's blood: Derrida's recreational pharmacology and the rhetoric of drugs

Dave Boothroyd

in Culture on Drugs: Narco-cultural Studies of High Modernity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719055980
eISBN:
9781781700921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines Jacques Derrida's pharmaceutical thinking, which is a form of philosophy on drugs, and the conceptual authoritarianism that attempts to control drugs and all matters relating to ... More


Ericthonius's Secret: Body Politics in Ariosto's Orlando furioso

Albert Russell Ascoli

in A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234288
eISBN:
9780823241231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter analyzes Ariosto's elaborate exploration of the politics of gender and the gendering of politics in the curious tale of the defeat of the phallocratic giant, Marganorre, by the warrior ... More


A history of pubic hair, or reviewers’ responses to Terry Eagleton's After Theory

Louise Tondeur

in The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719075001
eISBN:
9781781702567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719075001.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Reviewers' responses to Terry Eagleton's After Theory have, in part, been concerned with a comment made in the introduction: ‘Not all students are blind to the Western narcissism involved in working ... More


The Gaze of Medusa and the Practice of the Historian: Rubens and Huygens

Jürgen Pieters

in Speaking With the Dead: Explorations in Literature and History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748615889
eISBN:
9780748652020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615889.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses the significance of Constantijn Huygens and Peter Paul Rubens. Conversation with the dead is a dialogue of the special sort that thrives upon the separation of its ... More


The Illegitimate Mother:: Souffles

Mairéad Hanrahan

in Cixous's Semi-Fictions: Thinking at the Borders of Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748642281
eISBN:
9781474406352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642281.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter indirectly connects with the question for which Cixous remains best known today, the notion of écriture feminine developed in her short text ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’, through ... More


The Face of the Contemporary: Lost World Fantasies of Finding Lot’s Wife

Lowell Gallagher

in Sodomscapes: Hospitality in the Flesh

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780823275205
eISBN:
9780823277247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275205.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Chapter six examines a relatively unknown Victorian lost-world romance fantasy, Alfred Clark’s The Finding of Lot’s Wife (1896). The novel converts the legend of Lot’s wife, traditionally a ... More


Rearview Mirror: Art, Violence, and Sublimation

Kelly Oliver

in Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

I turn to Julia Kristeva, particularly the catalogue that accompanied the Louvre exhibit that she curated entitled Visions Capitales in order to further explore connections between art, violence, and ... More


The Healing Serpent: Recovering Long Lost Jewish Fragments: Parashat Hukkat (Numbers 19:1–22:1)

Jacob J. Staub

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0039
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter presents a reading of Parashat Hukkat of Numbers, in which God punished the Israelites for their faithlessness by sending venomous serpents. However, God also instructed Moses to make a ... More


Strange Women

David Simpson

in Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226922355
eISBN:
9780226922362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922362.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Leslie Fiedler, in 1972, identified woman as “an unassimilated, perhaps forever unassimilable, stranger, the first other of which the makers of our myths, male as far back as reliable memory runs, ... More


Fathers and Colonization: Charlotte Dard

in Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves: Women Writers and French Colonial Slavery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318467
eISBN:
9781846317828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317828.003
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter examines how fathers and daughters attempted to colonise Africa in the early decades of the nineteenth century, focusing on the story of Charlotte Dard, who, in 1816, at the age of ... More


Drakōn Fights: Drakontes Composite

Daniel Ogden

in Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557325
eISBN:
9780191745997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 2 looks at the battle myths for the great composite drakontes, and is loosely organised in accordance with the overall shapes and mythological affinities of the creatures in question. It ... More


Medusa, Python, and Poine in Argive Religious Ritual

Alison Keith

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the role of female pollution in the imagery Statius deploys in connection with the ritual worship and aetiological narrative of the Argive court, with a particular focus on the ... More


The Face of Chaos (Medusa)

Marie-Hélène Huet

in The Culture of Disaster

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226358215
eISBN:
9780226358239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358239.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter begins with a discussion of an executioner's well-known practice of grasping the decapitated heads of the guillotine's most famous victims by the hair and holding them up before the ... More


Pythians 11 and 12: Materiality, Intertextuality, Closure

Tom Phillips

in Pindar's Library: Performance Poetry and Material Texts

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198745730
eISBN:
9780191808166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745730.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins by arguing that the presentation of Orestes as an exemplum in Pythian 11 problematizes the terms of epinician discourse in order to create particular interpretative and ethical ... More


Sex and the Serpent

Miranda Griffin

in Transforming Tales: Rewriting Metamorphosis in Medieval French Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199686988
eISBN:
9780191804083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686988.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

If men are represented in medieval French literature as often becoming wolves, then women are often associated with snakes. This chapter focuses on the way in which the serpent is used in order to ... More


Quickening Images: Mimetic Contagion in Cultic and Erotic Art

Robert Germany

in Mimetic Contagion: Art and Artifice in Terence's Eunuch

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198738732
eISBN:
9780191803017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738732.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine

This chapter posits a theoretical basis for mimetic contagion and examines a wide range of cultural practices in which works of art are supposed to inspire direct imitation, especially focusing on ... More


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