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5. From Mrs Tiresias
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the fifth poem in the collection, 'From Mrs Tiresias', focusing in particular on: (i) the figure of Tiresias and the story (from Ovid's Metamorphoses) of how he was transformed from a man into a woman and back again; (ii) the humour of the poem; (iii) the literary and cultural history of menstruation; (iv) the literary and cultural history of being transformed from one gender to another, including Ovid's Metamorphoses and Virginia Woolf's Orlando; (v) the connection between this poem and the previous one ('Mrs Midas'), in which a woman must respond as best she can to an unexpected (and unwanted) change in her husband.
In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each of the thirty poems in the collection, one by one.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2020, April 28). Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife - From Mrs Tiresias [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/from-mrs-tiresias
McRae, John. "Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife – From Mrs Tiresias." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Apr 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/from-mrs-tiresias