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The Resource The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood

Label
The Penelopiad
Title
The Penelopiad
Statement of responsibility
Margaret Atwood
Creator
Contributor
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
Summary
Presents the cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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139343
Cataloging source
EYP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Atwood, Margaret
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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Homer
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True
Series statement
Myths
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  • Penelope (Greek mythology)
  • Odysseus (Greek mythology)
  • Odysseus (Greek mythology)
  • Penelope (Greek mythology)
Target audience
adult
Label
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm62145982
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xv, 199 pages
Isbn
9781841957982
Isbn Type
(trade)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)62145982
Label
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm62145982
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xv, 199 pages
Isbn
9781841957982
Isbn Type
(trade)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)62145982

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