Are You Sitting Down? by Shannon Yarbrough

By Shannon Yarbrough

A rape sufferer elevating a biracial child. A drug addict haunted through a useless female friend. A gay mourning a useless lover. A instructor having an affair along with his pupil. And a businesswoman sexually burdened via her boss. What do all of them have in universal? all of them take a seat at Lorraine White's vacation dinner desk; also they are her young ones.

But Lorraine's young children aren't the one ones within the kin facing ghosts of the prior. this is often the 1st Christmas the Whites have spent jointly because the loss of life in their father. And it rather well can be their final, as arguments happen, secrets and techniques are published, and maybe a assassin walks between them.

In his most up-to-date novel, Yarbrough explores the broken soul of 1 small city kin and breaks in the course of the barriers of affection, convincing his readers that irrespective of how not easy existence will get, occasionally the aid of kin is the single real origin we now have left to depend on - even if we wish to or now not.

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While the fact that she is the goddess both of warfare and of spinning and weaving reflects the role of women in the play,17 Pheidias’ two great statues of her on the Acropolis – one of them facing visitors as they entered, the other in the Parthenon itself – showed on her shield the Amazons, those archetypal female warriors, in the process of being defeated by Theseus, the king of Athens. And in a notorious speech from a dramatic trilogy that had by now become a classic, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Athena declares that no mother gave her birth – she sprang fully armed from the head of Zeus – and is on the side of men (Eumenides 736-7).

F 3 M, Bae; Fragmenta Poetarum Latinorum Morel p. 34. 12. J. Brill, 1993), 103-4. 13. Polytheism and Society at Athens, 202. 14. Tradition and Reversal in Myth and Ritual, 115-16. 15. Comic Business, Theatricality, Dramatic Technique, and Performance Contexts of Aristophanic Comedy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 258. 16. N. Loraux, The Children of Athena: Athenian Ideas about Citi- 27 James Morwood zenship and the Division Between the Sexes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), 173.

There are surely two intertextual references here. One of them is to Medea’s famous declaration in Euripides’ play that she would prefer to stand in the battle line three times than to give birth once (Medea 250-1). In drawing this contrast, Medea makes a firm distinction between male and female roles. Lysistrata on the other hand is pointing out that the fact that women give birth to the warriors actually involves them in the warfare. The other intertextual reference is to the celebrated episode in Homer’s Iliad when Hector sends his wife Andromache back home to the loom.

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