Page 239. " Bor Who slew the Giant Ymir in his rage "

 Bor and Ymir are characters from a Norse creation story. Ymir, a jötunn, or Frost Giant, was formed from melting ice. He fed on the milk of the cow Auðhumla, who licked the salty ice and released a man, Buri. Buri had three sons, one of whom was Bor (who later became father of the god Odin). When Ymir turned to evil, Bor's sons slew him, creating the world of humans from his divided body. His blood became the seas, his flesh the earth, his bones the mountains, his hair the trees, and his brains the clouds in the sky.

 

Page 244. " Cixous has remarked "

 Hélène Cixous (b. 1937) is a French professor, writer and critic, famous for her feminist works such as the 1975 essay The Laugh of the Medusa (Le Rire de la Meduse).

Page 244. " as Irigaray has showed us "

Luce Irigaray (b. 1932), is a Belgian feminist, sociologist, philosopher, and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman (1974) and This Sex Which Is Not One (1977).

Page 244. " Venus Anadyomene "

In Greek mythology, Aphrodite (or the Roman Venus) was the goddess of love. Aphrodite was born in the sea, from the sea foam mixing with the semen of the severed genitals of the god Uranus. At her birth she arose from the sea, some say floating on a scallop shell.  Venus Anadyomene means 'Venus Rising From the Sea', and is a theme that has been used in countless works of art.

Page 244. " the art of Virginia Woolf "

 Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941), was an English author and essayist. Her most famous works include To the Lighthouse, Orlando, Mrs Dalloway, and A Room of One's Own. Virginia Woolf died by her own hand, drowned. Sunk into a deep depression she filled her coat pockets with stones and walked into the River Ouse.

Page 250. " Like Tennyson, Ash saw that Nature was red in tooth and claw "

This is taken from Tennyson's poem, In Memoriam A. H. H. The full text of the poem can be read here.