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The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood

Label
The Penelopiad
Title
The Penelopiad
Statement of responsibility
Margaret Atwood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I've chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I've always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself. The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence
Member of
Cataloging source
EYP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Atwood, Margaret
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.3.A8
LC item number
P46 2005
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Penelope (Greek mythology)
  • Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Label
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 199 p.
Isbn
9781841957173
Other control number
9781841957173
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm62145982
Label
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 199 p.
Isbn
9781841957173
Other control number
9781841957173
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm62145982

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