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978-0-7391-0722-5 • Hardback • January 2004 • $123.00 • (£95.00)
978-0-7391-0723-2 • Paperback • February 2004 • $51.99 • (£40.00)
978-0-7391-5874-6 • eBook • January 2004 • $49.00 • (£38.00)
Barbara Clayton teaches in the Classics Department and Introduction to the Humanities Program at Stanford University.
Chapter 1 Not the Iliad: Reconsidering a Gendered Approach to the Odyssey
Chapter 2 Unweaving to Reweave: Poetry and Process
Chapter 3 Reweaving Identities: Odysseus' Lies and the Tale of the Scar
Chapter 4 Weaver and Artist: Surveying a Penelope Tradition
Chapter 5 Conclusion
In A Penelopean Poetics, Barbara Clayton defines the true texture of Homer's Odyssey. Carefully attending to the warp and woof of recent scholarship on Greek epic and oral poetry as well as recent psychoanalytic and feminist criticism, Claytonbeautifully and simply identifies precisely those threads in the weave of the poem that are most Penelopean in their subtle cunning. In her surprising yet persuasive new reading, Odysseus and Homer emerge as most themselves when they are most like Penelope...
— Ralph J. Hexter
In Dr. Clayton's book she establishes a productive alliance between up-to-date theoretical work on women's studies and current thinking about the nature of oral poetry. Her lucid understanding of the ideas of Lacan and Cixous (among others) gives her valuable new insights into the part played by gender in understanding the Odyssey, and she includes an excellent study of the figure of Penelope in later literature. The book extends our appreciation of the Odyssey in exciting new ways, and should become essential reading both for classical scholars and for those interested in literature generally...
— Mark W. Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Stanford University