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

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

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

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
Sales rank: 891,830
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents



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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