The Beauty Part
Searching for Helen in a thicket of prose.
Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By AMY HENDERSON
Ruby Blondell’s concluding sentence is one of the clearest in the entire volume, as she argues that Helen’s persistence “as a powerful but elusive force” can be credited to ever-changing cultural projections about beauty, women, sex, and power: “Demonized, idolized, allegorized, or humanized, Helen is still here.” I wish she were more readily apparent in the rest of this work.
Amy Henderson is a cultural historian and museum curator in Washington.