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About “A Bead of Amber on Her Tongue”:
Helen of Troy and Aphrodite. These two figures have served as the inspiration for innumerable works of art in the Western cannon. In the twenty-first century, however, what do their stories provide but a reminder of the predictable roles which sexism has assigned women throughout history and literature? Jennifer Pullen takes us away from the familiar and deeper into their experiences. Pullen revitalizes these two figures for the contemporary era. Aphrodite maintains autonomy through her experience of her own body, even when forced into marriage. Helen of Troy, meanwhile, harbors a love for her maid, Esme, that no conquering hero can vanquish.
About Jennifer Pullen:
Jennifer Pullen grew up in Chewelah Washington, running wild in the forest, before getting her BA in English from Whitworth University and her MFA from Eastern Washington University. She got her PhD from Ohio University, and now lives and writes in Northwestern Ohio, where she dreams of the mountains. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Ohio Northern University, where she teaches fiction writing, fairy tales and mythology, gender studies, and environmental literature.