Neigh 2006 Poetics

Title Information

Author: Janet Neigh

Title: Reading from the Drop

Subtitle: Poetics of Identification and Yeats's "Leda and the Swan"

Journal: Journal of Modern Literature

Volume: 29

Issue: 4

Year: Summer 2006

Pages: 145-160

ISSN: 0022-281X – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1529-1464 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Irish History | Representations: Literature / William Butler Yeats

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Author: Janet Neigh, Behrend College, Pennsylvania State University

Abstract: »This essay examines Yeats's well-known sonnet "Leda and the Swan," beginning with the famous final interrogative couplet as the swan drops the raped female figure, in order to take up some implications of identification to a develop a feminist postcolonial reading strategy. Yeats presents a rape, but in the conclusion of the poem when he asks whether Leda "puts on" Zeus's power, he questions how exchanges of power between self and other might be conceptualized beyond domination. Following from recent criticism on Yeats that explores his work from a post-colonial perspective, this essay pursues the intersection of sexual and colonial politics in "Leda and the Swan."« (Source: Journal of Modern Literature)


  Reading "Leda and the Swan" from the Drop (p. 148)
  Writing from the Drop (p. 154)
  Dropping from Identity into Identification (p. 155)
  Concluding Notes: Reading from the Drop (p. 157)
  Notes (p. 158)
  Works Cited (p. 159)

Wikipedia: William Butler Yeats: Leda and the Swan

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