Unsung Odysseys (2017)
Unsung Odysseys is a novel based on Homer’s Odyssey as told by the women caught up in Odysseus’ ten-year journey home from Troy. Each female speaks directly to the reader in her own voice, describing her encounter with and feelings toward Odysseus. The narrative progresses with each character picking up the thread where the previous character left off.
The work will appeal to readers interested in mythology and in the re-telling of ancient myths. The characters interact with each other on a human level and are easily relatable. They have a story to tell, and although their stories are mythological, their perspectives and reactions to events are timeless.
A Pomegranate and the Maiden (2015)*
A Pomegranate and the Maiden is a multi-faceted re-telling of the story of Demeter and Persephone as told in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter. The many characters speak directly to the reader, presenting multiple perspectives of the same event. Among the voices we hear is that of the mother grieving for her lost child, the daughter struggling for independence, the father who tramples on a mother’s rights, and the lover who resorts to nefarious means to win his beloved. Each perspective is deeply rooted in the character’s psychology and gender. Woven within their narratives are stories familiar to readers of Greek mythology.
Against the backdrop of our own culture, which still diminishes the value of motherhood and marginalizes women of all ages, these voices speak to us through the centuries and offer new ways of seeing the world we inhabit.
Women and Goddesses: In Myth and Sacred Text (2005)
Women and Goddesses: In Myth and Sacred Text is a cross-cultural primary source reader, provides an opportunity for readers to examine, compare and contrast the role of major female figures in Western, non-Western, major and indigenous religions. (Reviewed by Dr. Johanna H. Stuckey for the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.)
I have to say what a wonderful contribution this text will be to our field. - Nikki Bado-Fralick, Iowa State University.
Unlike other anthologies, this collection gives enough of the original source material to properly contextualize the female figure. - Kate McCarthy, California State University, Chico
The selections are comprehensive and nicely representative of major religious traditions. I particularly appreciate the inclusion of women/goddess in indigenous traditions. - Ann K. Wetherilt, Emmanuel College
Demeter and Persephone: Lessons from a Myth (2002)
Demeter and Persphone: Lessons from a Myth 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.
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