Yeats’s well-known poem “Leda and the Swan” seems to be reinforcing the traditional gender-myth (gender-stereotype) of aggressive male/passive female. However, in generating Leda’s daughters, Helen and Clytemnestra, Zeus is transferring a considerable degree of power to Leda. Through a deconstructive reading, this paper argues that the mythological Leda in Yeats’s text has within her womb a potentially violent, disruptive, and deconstructive force. Copyright © 2017 Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute.
|Journal||Journal of comparative literature & aesthetics|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
CitationChang, T. C. H. (2017). Women, power knowledge in W. B. Yeat's ‘Leda and the Swan’. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 40(1), 59-66.
- ‘Leda and the Swan’
- W. B. Yeats