Women, power knowledge in W. B. Yeat's ‘Leda and the Swan’

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
JournalJournal of comparative literature & aesthetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Chang, 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.


  • Women
  • Power
  • Knowledge
  • ‘Leda and the Swan’
  • W. B. Yeats


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