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Bruised necks and crumpled petticoats: What’s left of myth in contemporary Greek women’s poetry

Van Dyck, Karen

For the most part contemporary Greek women poets seem suspicious of relying on classical myth. It is not that myth cannot be found in their poetry, but that by looking for it, by always trying to salvage myth, to uncover the submerged Homeric plot, we neglect to ask why it is so submerged, and what its disappearance makes room for. In such archaeological attempts to reconstruct what has been lost, we neglect to see how important the dismissal of myth and its unifying explanations may be.

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Ancient Greek Myth in Modern Greek Poetry: Essays in Memory of C. A. Trypanis
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July 27, 2015