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Medusa

Author : Stephen R. Wilk
ISBN : 019988773X
Genre : Social Science
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Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture. In this fascinating study of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk begins by refamiliarizing readers with the story through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years. A new and original interpretation of the myth is offered, based upon astronomical phenomena. The use of the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is examined in light of parallels from around the world, and a unique interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested. Finally, the history of the Gorgon since tlassical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.

Medusa

Author : David Leeming
ISBN : 9781780231334
Genre : History
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With her repulsive face and head full of living, venomous snakes, Medusa is petrifying—quite literally, since looking directly at her turned people to stone. Ever since Perseus cut off her head and presented it to Athena, she has been a woman of many forms: a dangerous female monster that had to be destroyed, an erotic power that could annihilate men, and, thanks to Freud, a woman whose hair was a nest of terrifying penises that signaled castration. She has been immortalized by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Salvador Dalí and was the emblem of the Jacobins after the French Revolution. Today, she’s viewed by feminists as a noble victim of patriarchy and used by Versace in the designer’s logo for men’s underwear, haute couture, and exotic dinnerware. She even gives her name to a sushi roll on a Disney resort menu. Why does Medusa continue to have this power to transfix us? David Leeming seeks to answer this question in Medusa, a biography of the mythical creature. Searching for the origins of Medusa’s myth in cultures that predate ancient Greece, Leeming explores how and why the mythical figure of the gorgon has become one of the most important and enduring ideas in human history. From an oil painting by Caravaggio to Clash of the Titans and Dungeons and Dragons, he delves into the many depictions of Medusa, ultimately revealing that her story is a cultural dream that continues to change and develop with each new era. Asking what the evolution of the Medusa myth discloses about our culture and ourselves, this book paints an illuminating portrait of a woman who has never ceased to enthrall.

How The Ray Gun Got Its Zap

Author : Stephen R. Wilk
ISBN : 9780199948017
Genre : Science
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A collection of engaging essays that discusses odd and unusual topics in optics

The Story Of Medusa

Author : Susan Swan
ISBN : 0448419815
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Recounts how the Greek hero Perseus vanquishes the serpent-haired Medusa whose gaze turned people to stone.

The Medusa Reader

Author : Marjorie Garber
ISBN : 9781136635410
Genre : Art
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Ranging from classical times to pop culture, this collection will appeal to art historians, feminists, classicists, cultural critics, and anyone interested in mythology.

Medusa

Author : Guido Mocafico
ISBN : UVA:X030149533
Genre : Photography
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Edited by Patrick Remy. Essay by Jacqueline Goy.

Laughing With Medusa

Author : Vanda Zajko
ISBN : 0199237948
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A collection of essays on the reception of classical myth within feminist writing across a wide range of subject areas, including poetry, philosophy, science, politics, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. The contributors show that myth has been central to the formulation and development of feminist thought and politics.

Athene

Author : Ann Shearer
ISBN : UVA:X006069191
Genre : Social Science
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Athene wise goddess of war and peace clothed in paradox. Jungian analyst Ann Shearer traces the archetypal manifestations of this pivotal goddess through humanity's patriarchal era to reveal her roots in a far more ancient energy the once-unified goddess force of life, death, and regeneration.

Dancing With Goddesses

Author : Annis Pratt
ISBN : 0253345863
Genre : Poetry
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Explores how female and male poets in England and North America respond to older signatures in four archetypes: Medusa, Aphrodite, Artemis, and bears. This book shows how poems are structured on the interplay between Euro-patriarchal patterns and apatriarchal elements from the archetypes' historical background.

Goddess And The Warrior

Author : Nanno Marinatos
ISBN : 9781134601486
Genre : History
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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