An Odyssey for Our Time: Barbara Kohler's Niemands Frau


In her 2007 poem cycle Niemands Frau, Barbara Kohler returns to Homer's Odyssey, not to retell it, but to take up some of the threads it has woven into the cultural tradition of the West - and to unravel them, just as Penelope, the wife of the hero who called himself Nobody, unravelled each night the web she re-wove by day. Kohler's return to the Odyssey takes place under the sign of a grammatical shift, from `er' to `sie', from the singular hero to a plurality of female voices - Nausicaa, Circe, Calypso, Ino Leucothea, ...

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