Review of Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, Helen Morales

A fascinating and sometimes damning exploration of how classical mythology has been used by the Western world to either perpetuate patriarchal norms and expectations or to dismantle them. Morales gives long needed attention too to how myth can be subverted by women, people of colour and the LGBTQ+ community; she reveals the intersectional nature of myth depending on how it is read and used.

It is an exploration, however, detailing instances related to violence against women, ethnic minorities and the trans community, diet culture, the enforcement of dress codes, sexual assault and rape culture, and the empowerment of marginalised voices, rather than a treatise on how we can continue to subvert mythology so entrenched in our world views. It is not a call to action but it certainly is an interesting study of what has already been begun and how mythology is a startling reminder of how long both systems of patriarchy and white supremacy have wielded frightening control over us all.

3 thoughts on “Review of Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, Helen Morales

    • Kristiana says:

      Ah glad you enjoyed it too! I’ve liked Morales ever since I read her Oxford Classic: Introduction to Classical Mythology. The way she writes about and perceives myth is refreshing!


      • TheFeatheredSleep says:

        I agree. I might not know as much of myth as you, because of your studies, but I’m very much onboard with having an interest in that and how it impacts writing. Glad you reminded me of this book I will have to find and flip through again.

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