FEMALE FIGURES IN LITERATURE Redefining the Myths through Intertextuality and Carol Ann Duffy's Poetry

Marta González Rubio, Laura Tadonio & Niki Konstantinou-Sgourou

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


Our paper “Female Figures in Literature: Redefining the Myths through Intertextuality and Carol Ann Duffy’s Poetry” aims to study how women are perceived and textually presented. For us, the object of consideration stands within the framework of literature and feminism. Therefore, our focus was to examine female figures, taken as representative archetypes of the two available roles for women – the passive or the evil. We attempted to see the evolution of society’s perception of femininity reflected on a tolerant field such as literature. The research was based on the concept of intertextuality formulated by Julia Kristeva and on M. M. Bakhtin’s reflections. In particular, our starting point were figures found both in Ovid’s and Carol Ann Duffy’s works. From this common ground we chose three female figures that were examined in depth - namely: Eurydice, Galatea and Medusa. We realized that through different interpretations of the myths these characters were able to leave behind the burden of their traditional features and embrace more modern ones, while retaining at the same time some of their conventional traits.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider43
VejledereJesper Kruse