Jen Banning Recommends ‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood

A blog post I wrote for the Ball State English Department Blog back in March 2013. This is a review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Penelopiad’

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Jen Banning graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University with majors in history and anthropology in 2010.  She is currently pursuing an M.A. in general English with a focus on creative writing. In the latest installment of our “Recommended Reads” series, Jen recommends The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

As a history and anthropology undergrad-turned-English grad student, I find it hard to resist a good retelling of Greek mythology.  Though the myth of The Odyssey has been told and retold countless times, Margaret Atwood takes on the tale in an irreverent and thought-provoking manner by breathing life into Penelope, Odysseus’s faithful and patient wife.  A part of Canongate’s Myths Series, The Penelopiad reinterprets the familiar legend from a woman’s perspective, exploring issues of justice, gender norms, and storytelling.

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