Writing Women and Strange Monsters (MLF3069)

15 credits

This course examines the reasons for and ways in which French and Francophone women writers have engaged in rewritings and revisions of ancient myths and fairytales, producing new readings of these stories as they apply them to contemporary concerns. In particular, we shall look in detail at the new forms given to the myths of Medusa and Orpheus (especially in the light of their importance in psychology and psychiatry) and think about how we understand them differently once we have seen them applied to contemporary concerns.