Hypatia’s Wake

By (author): Susan Andrews Grace

This compelling new poetry collection presents Hypatia of Alexandria, the Neoplatonic philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who was murdered by Christians in the fifth century. The dearth of fact and truth about her has led to many false and fanciful representations of Hypatia. Hypatia’s Wake addresses these and the reliable truth about her life.

The double bind, a situation in which a person is given two different messages one of which negates the other, features largely in Hypatia’s Wake. It links Hypatia’s life and example to Luce Irigaray’s philosophical theory. If you’re a woman you’re damned if you fail at philosophy, but also if you succeed at it. If we make amends to history and the river of time by waking Hypatia’s death, we wake up to her life, and the significance of our loss.

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Susan Andrews Grace

Susan Andrews Grace’s previous books of poetry are Love & Tribal Baseball (BuschekBooks, 2007), Flesh, A Naked Dress (Hagios Press, 2006), Ferry Woman’s History of the World (Coteau 1998) and Water is the First World (Coteau Books 1991). A chapbook Wearing My Father was released by Underwhich Editions in 1990. Her poems have been published in literary periodicals in Canada, US, England, and India. She holds a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) and has taught creative writing most recently at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, BC. Ferry Woman’s History of the World was recipient of Saskatchewan’s Book of the Year in 1998. Andrews Grace was a long-time resident of Saskatoon SK but has lived in Nelson since 2001, where she also maintains a visual art practice.

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This compelling new poetry collection presents Hypatia of Alexandria, the Neoplatonic philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who was murdered by Christians in the fifth century. The dearth of fact and truth about her has led to many false and fanciful representations of Hypatia. Hypatia’s Wake addresses these and the reliable truth about her life.

The double bind, a situation in which a person is given two different messages one of which negates the other, features largely in Hypatia’s Wake. It links Hypatia’s life and example to Luce Irigaray’s philosophical theory. If you’re a woman you’re damned if you fail at philosophy, but also if you succeed at it. If we make amends to history and the river of time by waking Hypatia’s death, we wake up to her life, and the significance of our loss.

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Dimensions:

100 Pages
7.5in * 6in * 0.3in
0.375lb

Published:

September 13, 2022

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781771339094

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Women Authors

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