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Goddess or Dancer: Mythological Female Figures in Margaret Atwood’s Morning in the Burned House

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15668/1807-8214/artemis.v17n1p96-104



Ana Raspini1


Abstract: Mythological figures are recurrent references in Margaret Atwood’s writing, and they frequently appear in a revisited way, questioning the canon, classical mythology itself, and functioning as complex metaphors of contemporary society. The present study analyzes, under the light of feminist literary criticism, the recurrence of three mythological figures in a poetry collection by Margaret Atwood entitled Morning in the Burned House (1995). The analysis aims at verifying if and how they can be taken as a self-reflexive parody of the paradoxical condition of women in contemporary Western society.

Key words: mythology, poetry, feminism, revisionism, Atwood


Resumo: Personagens mitológicas são referências recorrentes na escrita de Margaret Atwood e aparecem, frequentemente, de maneira revisitada, questionando o cânone, a própria mitologia clássica e atuando como metáforas complexas da sociedade atual. Este estudo analisa a recorrência de três dessas figuras mitológicas sob o prisma da crítica literária feminista numa seleção de poemas de Margaret Atwood intitulado Morning in the Burned House (1995). A análise busca verificar se e como elas podem ser entendidas como uma paródia auto-reflexiva sobre a condição paradoxal da mulher na sociedade ocidental contemporânea.

Palavras-chave: mitologia, poesia, feminismo, revisionismo, Atwood


1 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – UFSC Brasil. E-mail: anaraspini@hotmail.com


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