by Judith Yarnall
University of Illinois Press, 1994
Cloth: 978-0-252-02063-6 | Paper: 978-0-252-06356-5
Library of Congress Classification PN57.C52Y37 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.93351

Beginning with a detailed study of Homer's balance of negative and positive elements in the Circe-Odysseus myth, Judith Yarnall employs text and illustrations to demonstrate how Homer's Circe is connected with age-old traditions of goddess worship.  She then examines how the image of a one-sided "witch," who first appeared in the commentary of Homer's allegorical interpreters, proved remarkably persistent, influencing Virgil and Ovid. Yarnall concludes with a discussion of work by Margaret Atwood and Eudora Welty in which the enchantress at last speaks in her own voice: that of a woman isolated by, but unashamed of, her power.

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