Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art / Edition 1

Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art / Edition 1

by James J. Clauss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691043760

ISBN-13: 9780691043760

Pub. Date: 12/23/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

From the dawn of European literature, the figure of Medea—best known as the helpmate of Jason and murderer of her own children—has inspired artists in all fields throughout all centuries. Euripides, Seneca, Corneille, Delacroix, Anouilh, Pasolini, Maria Callas, Martha Graham, Samuel Barber, and Diana Rigg are among the many who have given Medea life on

Overview

From the dawn of European literature, the figure of Medea—best known as the helpmate of Jason and murderer of her own children—has inspired artists in all fields throughout all centuries. Euripides, Seneca, Corneille, Delacroix, Anouilh, Pasolini, Maria Callas, Martha Graham, Samuel Barber, and Diana Rigg are among the many who have given Medea life on stage, film, and canvas, through music and dance, from ancient Greek drama to Broadway. In seeking to understand the powerful hold Medea has had on our imaginations for nearly three millennia, a group of renowned scholars here examines the major representations of Medea in myth, art, and ancient and contemporary literature, as well as the philosophical, psychological, and cultural questions these portrayals raise. The result is a comprehensive and nuanced look at one of the most captivating mythic figures of all time.

Unlike most mythic figures, whose attributes remain constant throughout mythology, Medea is continually changing in the wide variety of stories that circulated during antiquity. She appears as enchantress, helper-maiden, infanticide, fratricide, kidnapper, founder of cities, and foreigner. Not only does Medea's checkered career illuminate the opposing concepts of self and other, it also suggests the disturbing possibility of otherness within self. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Fritz Graf, Nita Krevans, Jan Bremmer, Dolores M. O'Higgins, Deborah Boedeker, Carole E. Newlands, John M. Dillon, Martha C. Nussbaum, Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, and Marianne McDonald.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691043760
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/23/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction3
1Medea, the Enchantress from Afar: Remarks on a Well-Known Myth21
2Corinthian Medea and the Cult of Hera Akraia44
3Medea as Foundation-Heroine71
4Why Did Medea Kill Her Brother Apsyrtus?83
5Medea as Muse: Pindar's Pythian 4103
6Becoming Medea: Assimilation in Euripides127
7Conquest of the Mephistophelian Nausicaa: Medea's Role in Apollonius' Redefinition of the Epic Hero149
8The Metamorphosis of Ovid's Medea178
9Medea among the Philosophers211
10Serpents in the Soul: A Reading of Seneca's Medea219
11Medea at a Shifting Distance: Images and Euripidean Tragedy253
12Medea as Politician and Diva: Riding the Dragon into the Future297
Bibliography325
List of Contributors351
Index Locorum353
General Index369

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