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Vile Women

Female Evil in Fact, Fiction and Mythology



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Is the evil that women do, and the evil with which they are accused, always one and the same? How might female evil, real, assumed, or appropriated confound gendered expectation and challenge patriarchal assumptions? What strategies have women deployed to confront the persistent gendering of evil actions? Informed by studies in history, the arts and theory, each contribution in Vile Women: Challenging Representations of Female Evil in Fact, Fiction and Mythology seeks to address these and other related issues by exploring a range of historical, mythological and fictional figures of female evil. On the one hand, the volume reveals female figures who themselves challenge patriarchal ideals of femininity through their aberrant ways, and, on the other, it challenges representations of women that construct and label non-normative female behaviour as evil.

Author Biography

Anthony Patterson is Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. He has published on a number of writers of the late-Victorian and Edwardian period and he is the author of Mrs Grundy's Enemies: Censorship, Realist Fiction and the Politics of Sexual Representation. His current projects include co-editing a volume on modern literary mavericks and contributing a chapter on social realism to The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story. Marilena Zackheos currently serves as Director of The Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of Nicosia. Her academic interests include: postcolonial literary and cultural studies, gender and sexuality, new media, psychoanalysis and trauma. Among her forthcoming works is a chapter in Revisiting Sexualities in the 21st Century (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014) entitled 'Misogynism as Disidentification.' Her first poetry collection "Carmine Lullabies" and full-length music album 'Oh My' are both expected in late 2014.
Release date Australia
December 31st, 2014
Edited by Anthony Patterson
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Inter-Disciplinary Press
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