Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy and Art

Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy and Art


Edited by James J. Clauss, Edited by Sarah Iles Johnston

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 26mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 12 January 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691043760
  • ISBN 13: 9780691043760
  • Sales rank: 526,585

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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."--Richard P. Martin

Table of contents

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