Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths (Hardback)
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Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths (Hardback)

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In this brilliant and timely re-examination of ancient myths, Morales reveals and celebrates the revolutionist agendas within age-old tales. Witty, compelling and empowering, Antigone Rising admirably demonstrates why the power of a good story lies in its openness to different readings and offers a refreshing take on many narratives we tend to take for granted.

A witty, inspiring reckoning with the ancient Greek and Roman myths and their legacy, from what they can illuminate about #MeToo to the radical imagery of Beyonce.

The picture of classical antiquity most of us learned in school is framed in certain ways -- glossing over misogyny while omitting the seeds of feminist resistance. Many of today's harmful practices, like school dress codes, exploitation of the environment, and rape culture, have their roots in the ancient world.

But in Antigone Rising, classicist Helen Morales reminds us that the myths have subversive power because they are told -- and read -- in different ways. Through these stories, whether it's Antigone's courageous stand against tyranny or the indestructible Caeneus, who inspires trans and gender queer people today, Morales uncovers hidden truths about solidarity, empowerment, and catharsis.

Antigone Rising offers a fresh understanding of the stories we take for granted, showing how we can reclaim them to challenge the status quo, spark resistance, and rail against unjust regimes.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472273604
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 28 mm

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“A witty and accessible study on the continuing power of ancient mythology”

My thanks to Headline Wildfire for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Antigone Rising’ by Helen Morales in exchange for an honest review.

Subtitled: ‘The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths’ this is a fascinating collection... More

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“Brilliant reading of myths for our times”

I am delighted with Helen Morales’, Antigone Rising from Headline Books. I was initially a bit hesitant with the cover but the book is a tremendous effort to connect current cultural narratives and image making to... More

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“Fiery and fun”

The power of myth is in its fluidity, its adaptability, the inherent possibility of being read in wildly different ways. This isn't new. The history of myth is one of selectivity and of reimagining. Every artist... More

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