"G. Călinescu" Institute of Literary History and Theory, Romanian Academy
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Feminine rewritings of the Odyssey (1): Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Abstract: Margaret Atwood in The Penelopiad, a modern rewriting of the mythical story, imagines Odysseus’ tale from the perspective of Penelope. In afterlife, the shadow of the heroine is recalling her life focusing on the relationship with her illustrious husband. Dissatisfied with the Homeric version of the events, she is claiming the right to speak in order to reject her presentation from the epic poem and also the gossip about her infidelity. Her narrative reconstitution reveals the ins and outs of the legends and brings into light a more complex appearance of a woman which is famous only as an exemplary wife. Keywords: epic poem, modern novel, rewriting, feminine perspective.
Citation suggestion: Ciocârlie, Alexandra. “Rescrieri feminine ale Odiseei (1) Margaret Atwood, Penelopiada” Transilvania, no. 9 (2022): 42-47. https://doi.org/10.51391/trva.2022.09.05.