Friday, November 6, 2009
Anthologies by women writers who attempt to revision these stereotypes are few and far between.
What if the considerable wattage that myth can bring to the narrative is maintained, but these bad girls now exhibit beauty, grace, intelligence, sexiness, creativity? Or at the very least, tell their side of the story?
Perhaps there should be two or three variations on a deeply embedded story, not a single, monolithic one.
Perhaps its time to burnish the rotten reputation of some of the most devilish, the most evil, yet inherently the most powerful women in myth and literature. How would we view Pandora, Delilah and even Grendel through another lens?
Tales from the Velvet Chamber would attempt to answer these questions. In stories that would be dark, funny, sexy and unexpected.