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Penelope (Greek mythology)

Works: 132 works in 271 publications in 2 languages and 11,965 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  Young adult works  Musical settings  Music 
Classifications: PA4025.A5, 883.01
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Most widely held works about Penelope (Greek mythology)
    The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood( Book )
    29 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 2,346 libraries worldwide
    Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I've chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I've always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself. The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence
    Ithaka by Adèle Geras( Book )
    7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,008 libraries worldwide
    The island of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors demanding that Penelope choose a new husband, as she patiently awaits the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War
    Waiting for Odysseus : a novel by Clemence McLaren( Book )
    2 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 682 libraries worldwide
    Presents the story of Odysseus's epic journey through the eyes of his faithful wife Penelope, the sorceress Circe, the goddess Athena, and his old nanny Eurycleia
    Regarding Penelope : from character to poetics by Nancy Felson( Book )
    3 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 579 libraries worldwide
    A coy tease, enchantress, adulteress, irresponsible mother, hard-hearted wife - such are the possible images of Penelope that Homer playfully presents to listeners and readers of the Odyssey, and that his narration ultimately contradicts or fails to confirm. In Regarding Penelope, Nancy Felson-Rubin explores the relationship between Homer's construction of Penelope and his more general theory of poetic production and reception
    The odyssey by Tim Mucci( Book )
    1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 565 libraries worldwide
    A retelling in graphic novel format of Homer's epic. The Trojan War raged for ten years until the Greek armies triumphed. But the victors were cursed by jealous gods and set out in stormy seas to face their fates. It took more than gods and monsters to keep King Odysseus from returning home
    The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood( Sound Recording )
    17 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 516 libraries worldwide
    Margaret Atwood presents the cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence
    Taking her seriously : Penelope & the plot of Homer's Odyssey by Richard Heitman( Book )
    6 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 510 libraries worldwide
    "Through this thematic approach to the text, Penelope comes into focus as a loving wife whose role is far more important than passive fidelity to a wandering husband. Her integrity and wisdom in Odysseus's absence sets the stage for his violent and triumphant return, and secures her place as a female role model in even the most modern of contexts."--BOOK JACKET
    Penelope's renown : meaning and indeterminacy in the Odyssey by Marylin A Katz( Book )
    4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 484 libraries worldwide
    Penelope's daughter : a novel by Laurel Corona( Book )
    5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 406 libraries worldwide
    With her father, Odysseus, away and her mother, Penelope, dealing with power-hungry suitors, Xanthe reminisces about her upbringing among slaves, her years spent in hiding with Helen of Troy, and her sexual awakening in the arms of the man she loves
    In spite of Plato : a feminist rewriting of ancient philosophy by Adriana Cavarero( Book )
    3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 385 libraries worldwide
    This pathbreaking work pursues two interwoven themes. Firstly, it engages in a deconstruction of Ancient philosopher's texts--mainly from Plato, but also from Homer and Parmenides--in order to free four Greek female figures from the patriarchal discourse which for centuries had imprisoned them in a particular role. Secondly, it attempts to construct a symbolic female order, reinterpreting these figures from a new perspective. Building on the theory of sexual difference, Cavarero shows that death is the central category on which the whole edifice of traditional philosophy is based. By contrast, the category of birth provides the thread with which new concepts of feminist criticism can be woven together to establish a fresh way of thinking. Cavarero develops a philosophical narrative which, by re-interpreting each of the four figures of ancient thought, uncovers several images of the female desire for self-representation. Plato himself had not forseen that one day female subjectivity would assert its autonomy, plundering and throwing into confusion the patriarchal text in order to tell another story
    La tejedora de sueños : drama en tres actos by Antonio Buero Vallejo( Book )
    16 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in Spanish and held by 372 libraries worldwide
    The Penelopeia by Jane Rawlings( Book )
    2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
    The odyssey : a dramatic retelling of Homer's epic by Simon Armitage( Book )
    1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 363 libraries worldwide
    An adaptation of the epic Greek poem, which tells of the experiences of Odysseus while on his return from the Trojan War, presented in script format
    Homer's Odyssey by Simon Armitage( Book )
    4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 250 libraries worldwide
    "In this new verse adaptation, originally commissioned for BBC Radio, Simon Armitage has recast Homer's epic as a series of dramatic dialogues: between gods and men; between no-nonsense Captain Odysseus and his unruly, lotus-eating, homesick companions; between subtle Odysseus (wiliest hero of antiquity) and a range of shape-shifting adversaries - Calypso, Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops - as he and his men are 'pinballed between islands' by adversity." "The Odyssey is a book of changes, and Simon Armitage's retelling of Homer's epic quickens and revitalizes our sense of it as oral poetry: as indeed one of the greatest of tall tales."--BOOK JACKET
    A Penelopean poetics : reweaving the feminine in Homer's Odyssey by Barbara Clayton( Book )
    4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 245 libraries worldwide
    "A Penelopean Poetics looks at the relationship between gender ideology and the self-referential poetics of The Odyssey through the figure of Penelope. She is a cunning storyteller; her repeated reweavings of Laertes' shroud is a figurative replication of the process of oral poetic composition itself. Penelope's web is thus a discourse, and it can be construed specifically as feminine. Her gendered poetics celebrates process, multiplicity, and ambiguity, resisting phallocentric discourse by undermining stable and fixed meanings. Penelope's poetics become a discursive thread through which different feminine voices can realize their resistant capacities
    The journeys of Odysseus ( visu )
    1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
    "In Greek mythology, brave Odysseus ruled the kingdom of Ithaca with his clever and beautiful queen Penelope. After leading his troops to victory in the Trojan War, this revered hero began a long and treacherous journey home--an "odyssey" recounted in Homer's epic poem of the same name. In "The Journeys of Odysseus," students discover how Odysseus learned to overcome adversity and his own weaknesses in his adventures with the dreaded Cyclops, the mischievious Circe and a terrifying sea creature known as the Scylla to find his way back home to his kingdom and family."--Container
    The Odyssey by Homer( Sound Recording )
    7 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
    Crowded with characters, both human and nonhuman, and bursting with action, the Odyssey details the adventures of Odysseus, King of Ithaca and hero of the Trojan War, as he struggles to return to his home and his waiting, ever-faithful wife, Penelope
    The rescue of Penelope Phaedra by Benjamin Britten( Sound Recording )
    1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
    The Rescue of Penelope: Radio-melodrama in two parts: Concert version, s.op. Libretto: Edward Sackville-West / Phaedra: Dramatic Cantata for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra, op. 93. Text: Robert Lowell
    Penelope by Enda Walsh( Book )
    3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
    The return of Odysseus by I. M Richardson( Book )
    1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
    Odysseus returns at last to Ithaca where he rids his house of the evil suitors, is reunited with Penelope, and visits his aging, grieving father
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