Figure of Cressida in British and American Literature Transformation of a Literary Type
|Author: ||Stiller, Nikki|
Traces this controversial figure characterized by sexual allure and treachery from its Homeric beginnings in the minor characters of Chryseis and Briseis through its period of greatest popularity, the sixth through sixteenth centuries, to its reappearance in modern form today.
"By the time Professor Stiller gets to The Awakening and -- less so -- The House of Mirth, she is explicating transformations behind which the Chaucerian figure glimmers only faintly. But she does raise challenging questions about the portrayal of female sexuality and masochism." - American Literature