Metamorphoses of Helen

Metamorphoses of Helen

Authority, Difference, and the Epic
Mihoko Suzuki
Mihoko Suzuki sheds light on a literary tradition that seemingly holds Helen of Troy and her descendants responsible for causing epic conflicts, while it appropriates the woman's perspective as a source of insight and poetic power.

"A superb study of the uses and abuses of female characters in the epic tradition and their complex, sympathetic treatment by male poets."—Choice