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engages with women in her literary analyses, exploring the theme of mythic women in contemporary literature.



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The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women's Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal, Redemptive
©2017 Gillian M.E. Alban, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ALBAN’S BOOK...explores how women are treated within and by life and literature...
It introduces the conflicting, troubling, powerful and fascinating
Medusa roles of women in modern and contemporary fiction...It demonstrates
how a focus on the various interpretations of the Medusa function
can be applied to enrich our readings of literary works.
— Margaret J-M Sonmez, Middle East Technical University
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We are the “aggrandising mirrors” to men, as Woolf put it so cleverly.
How many times have our endeavours to find ourselves led to us getting lost
between becoming – in your words – the witch or the doormat?
And worse – schizophrenically ending up a bit of both?
— from Füsun Elioğlu's reading of Gillian Alban's The Medusa Gaze, 'with much admiration'
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The kind of power mothers have is enormous.
Take the skyline of Istanbul –
enormous breasts, pathetic little willies,
a final revenge on Islam.
I was so scared I had to crouch in the bottom
of the boat when I saw it.
— Angela Carter
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