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Many Medeas: women alone

Frances Babbage

in Re-Visioning Myth

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719067525
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067525.003.0007
Many Medeas: women alone

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Re-visions of myth in the contemporary theatre now assume an extraordinary range of forms and test the boundaries of performance as forcefully as they interrogate the myths themselves. Confining the focus of this book more or less exclusively to the work of playwrights has correspondingly meant marginalising the great quantity of activity in the field which falls outside that frame. Myth re-vision in forms other than scripted drama, staged in contexts beyond theatre venues, is by no means new – even if late twentieth- and twenty-first century developments in site-specific performance, installation, live art and more have shaped source materials in increasingly startling and unpredictable ways. In July 2005, the German writer-actress Gilla Cremer presented m.e.d.e.a., the last part in her trilogy of solo shows reflecting on continuities and ruptures in German social history through the last century. It is perhaps ironic that a re-vision of the Medea narrative, a myth widely interpreted as an attack on ‘family values’, should be so decisively structured by the sense of maternal responsibility.

Keywords: myths; Medea; theatre; playwrights; myth re-vision; Gilla Cremer; m.e.d.e.a.; maternal responsibility

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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