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Reimagining Medea as American Other

Helene P. Foley

in Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272446
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272446.003.0006
Reimagining Medea as American Other

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Chapter 5 examines the most performed, adapted, and reenvisioned Greek tragedy on the American professional stage, Euripides's Medea. From the 1840s, Medea has served as a complex figure for the abused yet often surprisingly empowered American other, whether that other is a wronged and beleaguered foreigner, an immigrant, an ethnic or racial outsider, or a cross-dressed male. Productions have frequently involved challenging both genre and gender boundaries. Medea, famous in Euripides for her self-division, often proves her own most powerful adversary, although American versions can represent the heroine as more self-destructive and less deliberate than in the tragic original.

Keywords: Medea; representing the other

Chapter.  18056 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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