Subverting the Myth of the Submissive Woman in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

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  • Alna Maria Mathews Mulloor Assistant Professor, Department of English, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Bhopal, M.P, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i5.11052

Keywords:

Myth, Patriarchy, Penelope, Odysseus, Re-Visioning.

Abstract

‘The Penelopiad’ is a retelling of the Greek myth of Odysseus and his faithful wife, Penelope. According to the myth, Penelope cleverly keeps away from more than a hundred suitors when Odysseus went for the Trojan war. Therefore, her character is traditionally associated with marital fidelity and ‘The Odyssey’ portrays her as the quintessential faithful and submissive wife. This paper proposes to analyse how patriarchy creates the myth of the submissive woman and how Atwood subverts the myth through the characters of Penelope and her twelve maids.

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Author Biography

Alna Maria Mathews Mulloor , Assistant Professor, Department of English, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Bhopal, M.P, India

Stella Maris College (Autonomous)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

References

Akgun, Buket. “The Penelopiad: Dislodging the Myth of Penelope as the Archetype of Faithful and Patient Wife.” 4th International IDEA Conference, 15-17 April 2009, Celal Bayar University. Atwood, Margaret. The Penelopiad. Penguin Books, 2005.

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Rich, Adrienne. “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision.” College English, vol.34, no.1, 1972, pp 18-30.

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Published

31-05-2021

How to Cite

Mathews Mulloor , A. M. . (2021). Subverting the Myth of the Submissive Woman in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(5), 135–141. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i5.11052

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