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
- 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
- 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
- Metaphors and imagery