Catalan Review

TAKING BACK THE THREAD: MYTH REVISION IN RODOREDA’S “SECRET” ODYSSEY POEMS

Catalan Review (2006), 20, (1), 39–51.

Abstract

While Mercè Rodoreda is frequently recognized as the most famous novelist in Catalan, her poetry remains virtually unexplored. Written after the Civil War led Rodoreda to flee her Catalonian homeland for France in 1939, the poems of Món d’Ulisses do not focus on the eponymous hero’s longing to return home; rather, the poet shifts viewpoint to that of the women Ulysses leaves behind. By enabling them to tell their own version of the Mediterranean epic, concentrating on their private experience of exile, their expressions of absence, anger, and isolation, Rodoreda reevaluates and revises classical myths of the feminine in a testament to women’s experience of loss.

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Altamirano, Nicole