Last summer, I read Kleist’s Penthesilea illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)
It’s quite the illust.
I think this play captures the faults with female masculinity well.
In general, as an Ancient figure, Penthesilea herself puts to question all those terribly written female characters out there today. Though I have my handful of problems with Penthesilea, the woman, the Amazon, the Queen, etc. etc….I am much more grateful for and inspired by her.
I am mad, that she is not more famous and read by young girls; I am not confused as to WHY she’s not the most popular (emasulation; fear, threat, to masculinity and heterosexuality)
Juliet Capulet leaves much to be desired. Too much.
And Athena shouldn’t have to be the only one in the ancient cool chick’s club (because they sell Hera as the head bitch, you know)
I recommend this.