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Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Lowell Edmunds

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165127
eISBN:
9781400874224
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165127.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

It's a familiar story: a beautiful woman is abducted and her husband journeys to recover her. This story's best-known incarnation is also a central Greek myth—the abduction of Helen that led to the ... More


Helen in the Fifth Century and After

Lowell Edmunds

in Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165127
eISBN:
9781400874224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165127.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter explores the fifth-century strands of reception of Helen. The Helens discussed in this chapter are a selection made to illustrate the postepic narrative as presupposed by various writers ... More


Introduction

Lowell Edmunds

in Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165127
eISBN:
9781400874224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165127.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This introductory chapter undertakes a comparison between a folktale and a Greek myth. It attempts to define the folktale through two avenues concerning genre and terminology as well as mode of ... More


Helen Myth

Lowell Edmunds

in Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165127
eISBN:
9781400874224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165127.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter turns to a comparison of the myth of Helen with “Abduction” as defined in Chapter 1. It reconstructs the myth by outlining the stages of Helen's life—her birth, her childhood, and so ... More


Conclusion

Lowell Edmunds

in Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165127
eISBN:
9781400874224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165127.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This concluding chapter traces further lines of reception of Helen even as it examines further hypostases of Helen. Previous chapters have shown how the narrative or narratives of Helen were enough ... More


‘For treason walketh wonder wyde’: Treachery and Romance during the Wars of the Roses

Megan G. Leitch

in Romancing Treason: The Literature of the Wars of Roses

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198724599
eISBN:
9780191792205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724599.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter explores the cultural and linguistic specificity of contemporary literary texts’ treatments of treason, demonstrating the mode of ethical narrative that distinguishes Wars of the Roses ... More


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