Demeter and Persephone

Demeter and Persephone : Lessons from a Myth

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This work demonstrates the continued importance and relevance of the myth of Demeter and Persephone to today's society. The first three chapters provide a summary of the Homeric story and examine the myth from the perspectives of the mother and daughter. The following chapters discuss the symbolism of critical objects, the role of female mentoring, the role of Hades and the meaning of the underworld, the subject of rape, and the masculinist perspective presented by Zeus and Helios, and derive lessons useful for healing and knowledge. The Hymn to Demeter as translated by Helene Foley is included as an appendix in order to provide a basis for the discussion in the text. Notes and a bibliography follow the text.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.2 x 11.4mm | 312.98g
  • McFarland & Co Inc
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • notes, bibliography, index
  • 0786413433
  • 9780786413430
  • 563,240

About Tamara Agha-Jaffar

Tamara Agha-Jaffar is a professor of English at Kansas City (Kansas) Community College where she founded the women's studies program. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas.show more

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"The Homeric Hymn to Demeter is included in full as an Appendix in a translation by Helene P. Foley that in itself justifies the purchase...important themes"--Journal of Classics Teaching; "excellent read...highly recommended"--Sage Woman; "invaluable"--Catholic Library World; "recommended"--Feminist Academic Press Column.show more