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Intertextualities EN 1002 – Summer 2010 – Cheryl Crawford Lecture 4 – Circe/Mud Poems – July 06 Homer’s Version of Circe - A single story can disposes while allowing multiple stories to empower. - Who’s disposed? The audience, the masses, the non-elites, (in her stories, the indigenous people), the disenfranchised story tellers. - The Odyssey functions – what it does in our culture like genesis as a foundation myth. - The heroes of the Epic (long narrative poem), in the conventional kind of epic, the hero is always found in a mission that saves the nation. - The two female narratives resist this narrative as they resist the eliminating responsibilities of feminism? - The hero who needs to save the nation needs to be the embodiment of all we value in masculinity. - Odysseus is the only one who is capable of resisting her power. - The most significant part of her power is being able to transform men into animals, her ability to transform is dangerous to the men because she can create change and transform the story. - Circe’s representation – she’s dangerous because she is a diversion, she stops the men from carrying on with their teleological narrative. - She’s interrupting the business of the men, and she interrupts their manly business. - Desire = stases, it stops the men from their epic quest. - How does she entice the men? Her singing, and with food. Reading Margaret Atwood’s Circe/Mud Poems - Tone/voice - Structure - Metaphors and imagery -
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