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The Words We Don’t Yet Have

Lecture by Chantal Maillard



Free for Friends of the CCCB

In this session, the poet and philosopher Chantal Maillard will talk about the complex role of anger in the collective history of women and how this is represented in literature and mythology.

Traditionally, women have been exhorted to hide their anger, to transform it, and ignore it. What is monstrous about the rage of women? How is this excess punished? The radical feminism of the 1970s was an angry, furious movement and, largely because of this, criticised and caricatured. But a new generation of young women seems to have taken up the baton and they are again breaking rules, agitating, shouting, and publicly showing the indignation born of injustice and violence. Perhaps when indignation is accurately aimed it can become a powerful source of energy in the service of progress and change. Is anger helpful as a political emotion, or is it poisonous for democracy? How has women’s rage been represented traditionally? What threats were posed by Medea, Kali, Lysistrata, the Furies, and the Gorgons?

This lecture is the closing event of the Festival Clàssics


Participants: Chantal Maillard

This activity is part of FEMINISMS!, The Words We Don’t Yet Have

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