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Penelope (Greek mythology) in literature

Works: 29 works in 74 publications in 5 languages and 3,860 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art 
Classifications: PA4170.P46, 883.01
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    Regarding Penelope : from character to poetics by Nancy Felson( Book )
    4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 593 libraries worldwide
    She then argues that Homer's manipulation of Penelope's character maintains the narrative fluidity and the dynamics of the Odyssey, and she reveals how the oral performance of the poem teases and captivates its audience in the same way Penelope and Odysseus entrap each other in their courtship dance. Homer, Felson-Rubin further explains, exploits the similarities between the poetic and erotic domains, often using similar terminology to describe them
    Taking her seriously : Penelope & the plot of Homer's Odyssey by Richard Heitman( Book )
    8 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 529 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."--Jacket
    Penelope's renown : meaning and indeterminacy in the Odyssey by Marylin A Katz( Book )
    7 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 504 libraries worldwide
    Noted for her contradictory words and actions, Penelope has been a problematic character for critics of the Odyssey, many of whom turn to psychological explanations to account for her behavior. In a fresh approach to the problem, Marylin Katz links Penelope closely with the strategies that govern the overall design of the narrative. By examining its apparent inconsistencies and its deferral of truth and closure, she shows how Penelope represents the indeterminacy that is characteristic of the narrative as a whole. Katz argues that the controlling narrative device of the poem is the paradigm of Agamemnon's fateful return from the Trojan War, narrated in the opening lines of the Odyssey. This story operates not only as a point of reference for Odysseus' homecoming but also as an alternative plot, and the danger that Penelope will betray Odysseus as Clytemnestra did Agamemnon is kept alive throughout the first half of the poem. Once Odysseus reaches Ithaca, however, the paradigm of Helen's faithlessness substitutes for that of Clytemnestra. The narrative structure of the Odyssey is thus based upon an intratextual revision of its own paradigm, through which the surface meaning of Penelope's words and actions is undermined though never openly discredited.Originally published in 1991.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
    A Penelopean poetics : reweaving the feminine in Homer's Odyssey by Barbara Clayton( Book )
    5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
    Barbara Clayton's work contributes to discussions in the classics as well as literary criticism, sex and gender studies, and women's studies."--Jacket
    Eve of the festival : making myth in Odyssey 19 by Olga Levaniouk( Book )
    8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
    Eve of the Festival is a study of Homeric myth-making in the first and longest dialogue between Penelope and Odysseus (Odyssey 19). The author makes a case for seeing virtuoso myth-making as an essential part of this conversation, a register of communication which provides the speakers with a coded way of exchanging their thoughts. At the core of the book is a detailed examination of several myths in the dialogue to understand what is being said and to what effect. The dialogue is interpreted as an exchange of performances which have for their occasion the eve of Apollo's festival and which amount to activating, and even enacting, the myth corresponding within the Odyssey to this ritual event. --Book Jacket
    Le chant de Pénélope : poétique du tissage féminin dans l'Odyssée by Ioanna Papadopoulou-Belmehdi( Book )
    2 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 112 libraries worldwide
    Neue Kriterien zur Odyssee-Analyse; die Wiedererkennung des Odysseus und der Penelope by Wolfgang Schadewaldt( Book )
    4 editions published between 1959 and 1966 in German and held by 106 libraries worldwide
    Homer : Vorlesungen über die Odyssee by Ernst Siegmann( Book )
    3 editions published in 1987 in German and held by 69 libraries worldwide
    Telemaco e Penelope nell'Odissea by Lydia Allione( Book )
    2 editions published in 1963 in Italian and held by 61 libraries worldwide
    Penelope in the Odyssey by J. W Mackail( Book )
    4 editions published between 1915 and 1916 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
    La diction épique en débat : un commentaire linguistique d'Odyssée XXIV 205-412 by Jean-Fabrice Nardelli( Book )
    4 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 35 libraries worldwide
    Penelope, o Della tessitura : trame femminili da Omero a Ovidio by Saverio Gualerzi( Book )
    2 editions published in 2007 in Italian and held by 31 libraries worldwide
    De Criseida a Penélope : un largo camino hacia el patriarcado clásico by Ana Fraga Iribarne( Book )
    1 edition published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 18 libraries worldwide
    Coniunx semper ulixis ero : Penelope nell'arte e nella letteratura dall'antichità a Cesare Ripa by Maddalena Sanfilippo( Book )
    2 editions published in 2013 in Italian and held by 15 libraries worldwide
    Grecità femminile : l'altra Penelope by Letizia Lanza( Book )
    2 editions published in 2001 in Italian and held by 12 libraries worldwide
    Il movente in ombra : saggio su Andromaca, Penelope, Ifigenia by Pierpaolo Fornaro( Book )
    1 edition published in 2016 in Italian and held by 10 libraries worldwide
    Penelope in Drama, Libretto und bildender Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit : Transformationen eines Frauenbildes by Anna Stenmans( Book )
    1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 10 libraries worldwide
    Die Arbeit liefert die bisher fehlende systematische Untersuchung zu dieser wichtigen mythologischen Frauenfigur von der Antike über das Mittelalter bis zur Frühen Neuzeit, wobei der letzten Phase besondere Aufmerksamkeit gilt. Die Untersuchung ist dabei interdisziplinär angelegt: Werke aus dem Bereich des neulateinischen und volkssprachlichen Dramas, der Oper und der bildenden Kunst werden vorgestellt, interpretiert und miteinander in Beziehung gesetzt. Auf diese Weise kann die motivgeschichtliche Entwicklung einer mythologischen Figur nicht nur durch die Zeit, sondern auch durch die verschiedenen Gattungen hindurch verfolgt werden. Im Blickpunkt steht dabei die Funktion des antiken Mythos, die Frage nach den transportierten Tugenden und Frauenbildern sowie nach dem Kontext, in dem die Werke entstanden
    Penelope resta in casa by Aristide Casolini( Book )
    1 edition published in 1978 in Italian and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    Carlotta O'Neill : Circe y los cerdos : ensayo by Eleanore Maxwell Dial( Book )
    1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    Penelope's daughter : a feminist perspective of the myth of Penelope in Annie Leclerc's Toi, Pénélope, Margaret Atwood's The Penelpiad, and Silvana La Spina's Penelope by Barbara Dell'Abate( Book )
    2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
    At the origin of Western literature stands Queen Penelope--faithfully waiting for her husband to come home: keeping house, holding on to the throne, keeping the suitors at arm's length, preserving Odysseus' place and memory, deserted for the pursuit of war and adventures, and bringing up a son alone, but always keeping the marriage intact. Yet recently the character of Penelope, long the archetype of abandoned, faithful submissive, passive wife, has been reinterpreted by feminist criticism and re-envisioned by three modern novels--in French, English, and Italian--to emerge as a central, strong, self-determining, and erotically liberated female icon. Her character "is permeated with new and more complex represenation of femining diversity that, by subveting the roles attested by the canon, break with sterotypes and pursue autonomy." Part one of this book covers "Feminist Literary Criticism and the Theme fo Penelope"; part two considers "Penelope in Three (Feminists) Revisionist Novel"--By Annie Leclerc, Margaret Atwood and Silvana La Spina. These feminist revisions of myths of womanhood and rewritings of female archetypes from a feminist perspective broaden the definition of feminity to include new possibilities and more inclusive representationsof female identity
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