2017 was a significant year for women in Classics: it saw the publication of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey, the first translation in English by a woman, and Mary Beard’s Women & Power: A Manifesto, which took a deep look at the ancient relationship between women’s voices in the public sphere and misogyny following her own experience with online abuse and having just witnessed the Trump campaign in 2016, in which he was depicted as Cellini’s bronze Perseus holding up the severed head of Hillary Clinton as Medusa. 2017 was also the year the openly misogynistic Donald Trump became America’s President and one of the world’s most powerful men, and a resurgence of the #MeToo movement on a global scale following the exposure of numerous sexual-abuse allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Since, the publishing world has exploded with a wealth of Greek myth retellings, with over twenty written by women about women figures in particular. By looking at a selection of these retellings, this thesis shall examine whether these women-centred narratives reflect or comment on any of the socio-political issues women may have faced during the era of their publication. My thesis will aim to answer the following questions:
Is there a correlation between the rise in women-centred classical reception literature and the new feminine resistance?
Do authors turn to Classical mythology during times of socio-political unrest/ times of crisis, and if so, why?