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Margaret Atwood speaks at Dallas Museum of Art Distinguished Writers series
May 31, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT
Margaret Atwood is a giant of modern literature who refuses to rest on her laurels. She has anticipated, satirized, and even changed the popular pre-conceptions of our time, and is the rare writer whose work is adored by the public, acclaimed by the critics, and read on university campuses.
At this event, Margaret Atwood will discuss her accomplished body of work and her creative process. In conjunction with the DMA’s exhibition The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, she will also speak on the influence of Greek myth on her own work. This includes her 2006 book The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus, a wry retelling of the familiar story of Homer’s Odyssey from the perspective of his wife, Penelope. In approaching Penelope, Atwood draws on multiple ancient sources to weave a new interpretation of the long-suffering, dutiful wife as a shrewd and practical woman, every bit the equal of her husband in guile and cleverness.