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Writing as a “Sie”: reflections on Barbara Köhler's Odyssey cycle Niemands Frau

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The German poet Barbara Köhler's 2007 poem-cycle Niemands Frau [Nobody's Wife] is more than a feminist response to Homer's Odyssey. In shifting the focus from the escapades of the hero Odysseus to the web of women characters that populates Homer's epic poem – Nausicaa, Circe, the Sirens, Helen, Ino Leucothea, the shades of the dead women whom Odysseus meets in Hades, and “Nobody’s wife” Penelope – Köhler also undertakes a grammatical shift: from the masculine singular pronoun “er” to the poly...

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10.1080/0969725x.2017.1286045

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
German
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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Publisher:
Routledge
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Volume:
22
Issue:
1
Pages:
289-295
Publication date:
2017-03-17
Acceptance date:
2016-04-30
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EISSN:
1469-2899
ISSN:
0969-725X
Language:
English
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pubs:829318
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uuid:a1495806-dc5c-46de-824c-d4dda09edfb8
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pubs:829318
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829318
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2019-12-23

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