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In MERRY HELL, Helen of Troy exposes the "misogynist spell" of the
traditional (patriarchal) narrative that condemns her for the horrors of
the Trojan War and insists "LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAS
HAPPENED TO ME". As it happened, Helen is neither abducted by nor runs
off in love with Paris, but rejects Empire and leaves Sparta of her own
volition. Helen's story, a heroine's journey, is interwoven with
circumstances surrounding the Pétroleuse, or women incendiaries, of the
1871 Paris Commune as well as those of Occupy Oakland. As Ezra Pound
states, "All eras are contemporaneous in the mind."