Michèle Roberts

Lorna Hardwick and James I. Porter

in Sibylline Sisters

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582969
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731198 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Michèle Roberts

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Michèle Roberts's reputation rests upon her subversive feminism, often manifest in her expansion and reworking of fairy tales and biblical legends to accommodate the female perspective. This rewriting of the patriarchal canon, exemplified most clearly by the story of Mary Magdalen in The Wild Girl (1984) or the fantastical Impossible Saints (1997), is symptomatic of Roberts's need to find her home within the Western tradition. Her relationship with the Classical Tradition has been less recognized than her recreation of fairy tales or biblical stories, and yet she frequently engages with and rewrites episodes from classical mythology in her short stories, poetry, and novels.

Keywords: Virgil; women writers; feminism; classical tradition; fairy tales

Chapter.  6273 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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