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Author: Elizabeth Johnston

Title: “Let Them Know That Men Did This”

Subtitle: Medusa, Rape, and Female Rivalry in Contemporary Film and Women’s Writing

In: Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film

Edited by: Julie A. Chappell and Mallory Young

Place: Cham

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2017 (Published online: July 4, 2017)

Pages: 183-208

ISBN-13: 9783319472584 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783319472591 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Offenders: Non-Human Offenders / Gods; Representations: Films / Clash of the Titans (1981), Clash of the Titans (2010), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Victims: Non-Human Offenders / Fabulous Creatures



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Author: Elizabeth D. Johnston, English and Philosophy Department, Monroe Community CollegeResearchGate

Abstract: »The character of Medusa shifts “meaning” from the origins of her myth, through the reclamation of Medusa’s narrative by second- and third-wave feminist poets, and finally to the re-appropriation of her story by late twentieth- and twenty-first-century film, advertisement, and gaming culture. This essay argues that representations of Medusa in popular culture evidence a backlash against feminist interpretations and rewrite or render invisible the Greco-Roman narrative of her rape. Hyper-sexualized in popular culture, Medusa is both titillating and terrifying, a threat that implicitly invites male conquest and control.« (Source: SpringerLink)

Wikipedia: Film: Fantasy films / Clash of the Titans (1981 film), Clash of the Titans (2010 film), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief | Mythology: Greek mythology / Medusa, Poseidon