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Looking at Medea: Essays and a Translation of Euripides' Tragedy


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Euripides' Medea is one of the most often read, studied and performed of all Greek tragedies. A searingly cruel story of a woman's brutal revenge on a husband who has rejected her for a younger and richer bride, it is unusual among Greek dramas for its acute portrayal of female psychology. Medea can appear at once timeless and strikingly modern. Yet, the play is very much a product of the political and social world of fifth century Athens and an understanding of its original context, as well as a consideration of the responses of later ages, is crucial to appreciating this work and its legacy. This collection of essays by leading academics addresses these issues, exploring key themes such as revenge, character, mythology, the end of the play, the chorus and Medea's role as a witch. Other essays look at the play's context, religious connotations, stagecraft and reception. The essays are accompanied by David Stuttard's English translation of the play, which is performer-friendly, accessible yet accurate and closely faithful to the original.

About the Author

David Stuttard is founder of the theatre company, Actors of Dionysus, translator of numerous Greek plays, and author of titles including Parthenon, Power and Politics on the Acropolis (2013), Looking at Lysistrata (Bloomsbury, 2010) and The Romans Who Shaped Britain (2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction: the Background to Medea
Medea: Feminism or Misogyny?, Douglas Cairns, University of Edinburgh, UK
Murder in the Family, Medea and Others, Jasper Griffin, University of Oxford, UK
Medea and the Divine, Edith Hall, Kings College London, UK
Otherness and Exile: The Trilogy of 431 BC, Ioanna Karamanou, University of Peloponnese, Greece
On Medea (other versions of the myth), Carmel McCallum-Barry, University College Cork, Ireland
The Chorus in Medea, Sophie Mills, University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA
Understanding Jason, James Morwood, University of Oxford, UK
Vengeance in Medea, Hanna Roisman, Colby College, USA
Medeas Nurse, Ian Ruffell, University of Glasgow, UK
The End of Medea, Richard Rutherford, University of Oxford, UK
Black Medea? (C20th Reception of Medea), Betine Van Zyl Smit, University of Nottingham, UK
The Staging and Costuming of Euripides Medea, Rosie Wyles, King's College London, UK
Translation of Medea

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Stuttard, David
Bloomsbury Academic
Ancient & Classical
Ancient - General
Literary Criticism : General
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