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Author: Stephen R. Wilk
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199887736
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Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture. In this fascinating study of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk begins by refamiliarizing readers with the story through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years. A new and original interpretation of the myth is offered, based upon astronomical phenomena. The use of the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is examined in light of parallels from around the world, and a unique interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested. Finally, the history of the Gorgon since tlassical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.


Author: David Leeming
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780231334
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With her repulsive face and head full of living, venomous snakes, Medusa is petrifying—quite literally, since looking directly at her turned people to stone. Ever since Perseus cut off her head and presented it to Athena, she has been a woman of many forms: a dangerous female monster that had to be destroyed, an erotic power that could annihilate men, and, thanks to Freud, a woman whose hair was a nest of terrifying penises that signaled castration. She has been immortalized by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Salvador Dalí and was the emblem of the Jacobins after the French Revolution. Today, she’s viewed by feminists as a noble victim of patriarchy and used by Versace in the designer’s logo for men’s underwear, haute couture, and exotic dinnerware. She even gives her name to a sushi roll on a Disney resort menu. Why does Medusa continue to have this power to transfix us? David Leeming seeks to answer this question in Medusa, a biography of the mythical creature. Searching for the origins of Medusa’s myth in cultures that predate ancient Greece, Leeming explores how and why the mythical figure of the gorgon has become one of the most important and enduring ideas in human history. From an oil painting by Caravaggio to Clash of the Titans and Dungeons and Dragons, he delves into the many depictions of Medusa, ultimately revealing that her story is a cultural dream that continues to change and develop with each new era. Asking what the evolution of the Medusa myth discloses about our culture and ourselves, this book paints an illuminating portrait of a woman who has never ceased to enthrall.

The Medusa Reader

Author: Marjorie Garber
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136635416
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Ranging from classical times to pop culture, this collection will appeal to art historians, feminists, classicists, cultural critics, and anyone interested in mythology.

How The Ray Gun Got Its Zap

Author: Stephen R. Wilk
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199371318
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How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap is a collection of essays that discusses odd and unusual topics in optics. Though optics is a fairly specialized branch of physics, this book extracts from the discipline topics that are particularly interesting, mysterious, culturally relevant, or accessible. The essays all first appeared, in abbreviated form, in Optics and Photonics News and in The Spectrograph; the author has updated and expanded upon each of them for this book. The book is divided into three thematic sections: History, Weird Science, and Pop Culture. Chapters will discuss surprising uses of optics in classics and early astronomy; explain why we think of the sun as yellow when it is actually white; present how the laser is used in popular film; and profile the eccentric scientists who contributed to optics. The essays are short and entertaining, and can be read in any order. The book should appeal to general audiences interested in optics or physics more generally, as well as members of the scientific community who are curious about optics phenomena.

The Story Of Medusa

Author: Susan Swan
ISBN: 9780448419817
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Recounts how the Greek hero Perseus vanquishes the serpent-haired Medusa whose gaze turned people to stone.


Author: Guido Mocafico
Publisher: Steidl / Edition7L
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Edited by Patrick Remy. Essay by Jacqueline Goy.

Re Visioning Medusa

Author: Trista Hendren
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781544179650
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A remarkable collection of essays, poems, and art: by scholars who have researched Her, artists who have envisioned Her, women who have known Her in their personal story, and then also combinations of all those capacities. All have spoken with Her and share something of their communion in this anthology. "The Gorgon Medusa presents herself to us here and now, requiring us to be fully present, to listen deeply-past the noise of accumulated judgments -to the Ancient Wisdom that is our true inheritance. She reminds us of our mortality as the Great Awakener, and encourages us to reclaim whatever has been silenced or diminished within us. We are admonished to have the courage to speak what is true, to trust ourselves to hold her gaze and know we will not be turned to stone." -Joan Marler, excerpt from the Preface Praise for Re-visioning Medusa "This deeply felt, thought and illustrated anthology asks us to imagine, know, feel, and face Medusa. This ancient goddess is not the monster to be slain by a patriarchal hero, but the face of the Earth and of wisdom. The diverse offerings in this wonderful anthology lead readers to knowledge, through study as well as dreams, art, and storytelling. It is a very fine and compelling read and also a glorious guide for getting down to the Earth wisdom so direly needed in these times." -Jane Caputi, Ph.D, Professor, Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Communication & Multimedia, Florida Atlantic University "Gifted Women's Spirituality poets, artists, and scholars create a fascinating portal to open our understanding of Medusa and her powers, to protect and heal, and also to destroy. Medusa's angry fierceness - that opposes social oppression and other violations of the matristic values of community, cooperation, and caring - will find a resonance among spiritually awakening readers for facing the political challenges of today."-Mara Lynn Keller, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Women's Spirituality, California Institute of Integral Studies "I welcome Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom wholeheartedly. Medusa unfolds the original vision of the female divine. Calling her a rebel underestimates her power. In short, the symbol of Medusa embodies Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality. Together with women, Medusa is ever present in the intergalactic journey of the Great Goddess."-Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D., author of The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia "No better time than now to be Re-visioning Medusa! Let's take her off the shelf, dust her off and embrace her! No more enduring, being docile, being quiet for others comfort. It's time to embrace our strength, our courage, our agency - even our rage!" -Karen Tate, author, speaker, social justice activist and radio show host of Voices of the Sacred Feminine "I am in awe of this powerful anthology! The Re-visioning Medusa Anthology looks at the myth and medicine of Medusa in a whole new light shining her much needed ancient wisdom back into the world. This deeper insight into her stories and magic is a compelling reclaiming of feminine fire. A must read!" - Ara Campbell, The Goddess Circle "Who was the mythical Medusa? The original "nasty woman," ugly and fearsome? Or the inspiring feminist model of a fearless woman daring to speak truth to male power? This fascinating collection both asks and answers this timely question." -Donna Henes, author of The Queen of My Self

Goddess And The Warrior

Author: Nanno Marinatos
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134601484
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Archetypes And Motifs In Folklore And Literature A Handbook

Author: Jane Garry
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351576151
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This is an authoritative presentation and discussion of the most basic thematic elements universally found in folklore and literature. The reference provides a detailed analysis of the most common archetypes or motifs found in the folklore of selected communities around the world. Each entry is written by a noted authority in the field, and includes accompanying reference citations. Entries are keyed to the Motif-Index of Folk Literature by Stith Thompson and grouped according to that Index's scheme. The reference also includes an introductory essay on the concepts of archetypes and motifs and the scholarship associated with them. This is the only book in English on motifs and themes that is completely folklore oriented, deals with motif numbers, and is tied to the Thompson Motif-Index. It includes in-depth examination of such motifs as: Bewitching; Chance and Fate; Choice of Roads; Death or Departure of the Gods; the Double; Ghosts and Other Revenants; the Hero Cycle; Journey to the Otherworld; Magic Invulnerability; Soothsayer; Transformation; Tricksters.

Discount Armageddon

Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101576871
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First book in New York Times-bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us. "The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Sookie Stackhouse series Cryptid, noun: Any creature whose existence has not yet been proven by science. See also "Monster." Crytozoologist, noun: Any person who thinks hunting for cryptids is a good idea. See also "idiot." Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...