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The Witch(ES) of Aiaia: Gender, Immortality and the Chronotope in Madeline Miller’s Circe

Published Online: 01 Feb 2020
Volume & Issue: Volume 18 (2019) - Issue 1 (December 2019)
Page range: 27 - 38
Journal Details
License
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Journal
eISSN
2286-0134
ISSN
1583-980X
First Published
08 Feb 2013
Publication timeframe
1 time per year
Languages
English
Abstract

This article explores Madeline Miller’s Circe from the perspective of Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope, the inseparability of space and time in fiction. The article focuses on the chronotopes of the road, the idyll and the threshold in the novel, and how these intersect with its themes of gender and immortality. The island of Aiaia acts as a threshold, transforming all who cross it. Circe’s life on the island, however, is a repetitive idyll; only at the end of the novel does she become a traveller on the road herself rather than just a stop on the way.

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