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Synonyms for medusan

one of two forms that coelenterates take: it is the free-swimming sexual phase in the life cycle of a coelenterate

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Throughout this novel the destructive Medusan evil eye of Marianne is iterated.
Lene Ostermark-Johansen's "Between the Medusan and the Pygmalian: Swinburne and Sculpture" (Victorian Literature and Culture 38, no.
Finally, by way of conclusion, this study will shift from considering the male spectator to take a brief look at Medusan imagery in Labe's own corpus: at how she adopts and transforms Medusa's role.
A Medusan glare that reduces the opposition to a mere pillar of stone?
The head of the panoptical self, the head-as-pornographic theater: Medusan references corroborate the head as a site of danger and excitement but also one of pollution and contagion.
He compounded the symbolism of the original Medusan myth when, in the 1832 preface for Le Dernier Jour d'un condamne (1829) he called for the abolition of the death penalty, one of the surviving 'guenilles' of the ancien regime, which in a striking condensation he denounced as 'cette guenille sanglante' (in Jean, 1979: 28).
as the nurse strips away the Medusan tubes of my oncology,
In the closing scene of the dream, however, there is a second, Medusan, encounter:
Swinburne renders the sketched woman both in terms of her ornaments (headdress, bracelets, rings) and her body (her arms, her breasts, her Medusan hair).
She includes a fine rereading of Frank Kermode's seminal essay The Romantic Image (1957) to show how the male modernists' image of the dancing woman viewed by the male gazer, a symbol of aesthetic distance, is none the less a late version of the Romantic Medusan woman whose violent 'pathology' cannot be dispelled as easily as Kermode suggests.
Anjelica Huston in Prizzi's Honor) and a younger operator named Vivien--who provides the All About Eve subtext--in a murderous Medusan mob.
Whereas Beatrice helped Dante overcome 'the Medusan image of a past poetic' (87), Laura and Petrarch confronted the virgin together in order to affirm his identity.
In these occurrences the shield/mirror signifies as it (1) makes captives of those in the audience who identify with the stereotypes, (2) immobilizes and erases the texts of those Medusan feminists with whom these men perceive themselves to be involved in a contest-conquest, and (3) allows the men to engage in exhibitionary narcissism - a perverse pleasure too intense to be imagined (alone).