By Susan Sellers
girl as gorgon, lady as temptress: the classical and biblical mythology which has ruled Western pondering defines ladies in various patriarchally encoded roles. This examine addresses the astonishing endurance of legendary impression in modern fiction. commencing with the query 'what is myth?', the 1st part offers a wide-ranging overview of mythography. It lines how myths were perceived and interpreted by means of such commentators as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Bruno Bettelheim, Roland Barthes, Jack Zipes and Marina Warner. This results in an exam of the position that mythic narrative performs in social and self formation, drawing at the literary, feminist and psychoanalytic theories of Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous and Judith Butler to delineate the ways that women's mythos can go beyond the constraints of emblems and provides upward thrust to effective new versions for person and cultural regeneration.
In this gentle, Susan deals hard new readings of quite a lot of modern women's fiction, together with works through A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Anne Rice, Michele Roberts, Emma Tennant and Fay Weldon. issues explored comprise fairy story as erotic fiction, new spiritual writing, vampires and gender-bending, mythic moms, style fiction, the still-persuasive paradigm of female good looks, and the unconventional power of comedy.