D507 - Webinar - Cultural Programme - Reading and Media Breakfasts: "Tell me, Muse, of the woman of many ways…": a taste of Margaret Atwood’s novella The Penelopiad (2005)

  • Ciclo: 2021
  • Nivel: Distance
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Estado: Pospuesto
  • Lugar: Distance
  • Capacitador/es: Daniel Ferreyra Fernández

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1 29 May 2021 10:00 AM 11:30 AM


Daniel Ferreyra Fernández

Daniel Ferreyra Fernández graduated from ISP “Dr. Joaquín V. González” as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in 1998. He specialized in Contemporary Literature at ISP “Dr. Joaquín V. González” (1999 – 2005). Since 2001, he has been teaching courses and workshops on Contemporary Literature at “Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa” (AACI) and at the British Art Centre (BAC). He currently teaches English Language IV at IES en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”, ENS en Lenguas Vivas “Sofía B. de Spangenberg” and at ISP “Dr. Joaquín V. González”. He also teaches IGCSE Literature and English B (International Baccalaureate) courses at Colegio Palermo Chico. From 2016 to 2018 he was the Vice Dean at IES en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”, where he is currently the Head of the English Department at the Teacher Training College. He has been a facilitator at ESSARP since 2012.


All literature lovers


- To share the joys of reading fiction.
- To discuss a selection of excepts from Margaret Atwood’s novella The Penelopiad.
- To exchange ideas on Atwood’s narrative techniques, her recurrent themes and her fictional universe.
- To build strategies that will enable the participants to take an active role in the creation of multiple possible readings of the novella.


In The Penelopiad (2005), Margaret Atwood revisits The Odyssey, but with a twist (or two): whereas Homer’s epic poem revolves around the voyages and heroic exploits of cunning Odysseus, The Penelopiad explores the lives of Odysseus’s wife and her handmaids. Far from being the epitome of the patient, virtuous and faithful spouse, Atwood’s Penelope proves to be a shrewd politician, a keen observer of her time and culture, and a crafty story teller who is able to spin her own yarn. She will vividly portray her life in Ithaca and the limitations she will be subjected to because of her gender, but she will also tell a story about her hopes and longings as a woman and her search for self-definition and a voice of her own.


- Reading of key sections of Margaret Atwood’s novella The Penelopiad, Louise Glück’s poem “The Myth of Innocence” and excerpts from Homer’s The Odyssey. - Guided group reflection and exchange of ideas on a selection of excerpts from the novella. - Presentation of an integrated approach to the text.


Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.
Homer’s The Odyssey (excerpts).
Louise Glück’s “The Myth of Innocence” (poem).

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