Who is the hero of the feminist epic? Prepare an original interpretation of Lisa Robertson’s
Debbie: An Epic or Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, in which you consider the images,
metaphors, and/or diction used to describe Debbie or Geryon. What is unique about the poet’s
representation of the epic hero?
2. What is the central theme of the feminist epic? Prepare an original interpretation of Lisa
Robertson’s Debbie: An Epic or Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, in which you consider the
central theme explored in either poem. For instance, why is gender or sexuality (e.g., Debbie’s
girlhood or Geryon’s attraction to Herakles) a significant feature of the poem?
3. What role does family play in Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red? Consider the images,
metaphors, and/or diction used to describe Geryon’s relationship to his brother or his mother.
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THE FEMINIST EPIC IN CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN POETRY