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

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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.

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Medea is a model of how one goes about configuring and interpreting any of our long-lasting inheritances from Greek myth.... The richness of its subject should make this book appeal to a wide audience.

Medea is a model of how one goes about configuring and interpreting any of our long-lasting inheritances from Greek myth.... The richness of its subject should make this book appeal to a wide audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691043760
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 3
1 Medea, the Enchantress from Afar: Remarks on a Well-Known Myth 21
2 Corinthian Medea and the Cult of Hera Akraia 44
3 Medea as Foundation-Heroine 71
4 Why Did Medea Kill Her Brother Apsyrtus? 83
5 Medea as Muse: Pindar's Pythian 4 103
6 Becoming Medea: Assimilation in Euripides 127
7 Conquest of the Mephistophelian Nausicaa: Medea's Role in Apollonius' Redefinition of the Epic Hero 149
8 The Metamorphosis of Ovid's Medea 178
9 Medea among the Philosophers 211
10 Serpents in the Soul: A Reading of Seneca's Medea 219
11 Medea at a Shifting Distance: Images and Euripidean Tragedy 253
12 Medea as Politician and Diva: Riding the Dragon into the Future 297
Bibliography 325
List of Contributors 351
Index Locorum 353
General Index 369
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