From The Writing Desk: Big Dipper

-rubens-jove-and-callisto-1613[Peter Paul Rubens: Jove and Callisto, 1613. – It’s Jove disguised as Diana trying to seduce Callisto. But what if it wasn’t Jove, but actually Diana herself?]

I’ve uploaded another of the experimental stories that my evil twin writes after dark.

It’s called Big Dipper and it is another Bering & Wells Über/AU story, set this time in Classical Greek/Roman Mythology.

I don’t know how this happened – that’s the beautiful thing with these evil twin bits: I just have a weird idea and then simply write, and I do not try to find a reasonable excuse for doing so.

It comes with notes, so it should make some sense, and it will make same sense to the opera and to the Ovid fans, since it is a twist on the Callisto myth. There’s a nice opera that goes with it (thank you, Cavalli), and while it is delightfully queer, I thought there should be a really gay version of it, so I fit it into a Bering & Wells story and made it a truly lesbian Callisto tale, with Helena in the title role.

5 thoughts on “From The Writing Desk: Big Dipper”

  1. I think this is strongly implicit in the Cavalli opera. Remember at this point, opera was still open to social change, and more than willing to shock.

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    1. Playing purposefully with/to a girl-on-girl tillitation in Baroque venice? Definitely.
      Although I would still maintain that the reframing (going back to that famous Orlando furioso episode of “I wish I were a man, for as a woman I cannot do anything with her”) is heternormative, tied back to the conteporary idea of woman and of desire.
      Then again, this leaves us at the (admittedly anachronistic, in this context) modern junction of subversion vs. reframing, and of just how much subversion did happen. It would be so great to be able to watch and hear the Cavalli with 1642 eyes and ears and KNOW what could be known!

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      1. Or to imagine what can be imagined. The Rubens (thank you!) has no known provenance. Suppose it hung in this gaze:
        commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anton_van_Dyck_-_Portrait_of_a_Genovese_Lady_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
        (link deadened to prevent another big inserted image, I hope)

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        1. …now if I could take THAT GAZE out to dinner!
          (out to dinner with a van Dyck, well, it does sound lesbian enough, doesn’t it?).
          And yes, imagination is another important point. I merely thought about the framework for what can be thought within a certain cultural context (because it is generally prefigured by images and tropes, and while it can be overcome, it takes more effort – or a van Dyck stare).

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