The Maternal Contract in Beloved and Medea

Emmett, Hilary (2010) The Maternal Contract in Beloved and Medea. In: Unbinding Medea: Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Classical Myth from Antiquity to the 21st Century. Legenda Press, Oxford, pp. 248-260. ISBN 978-1-906540-53-1

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Abstract

Medea — simply to mention her name conjures up echoes and cross-connections from Antiquity to the present. The vengeful wife, the infanticidal mother, the frail, suicidal heroine, the archetypal bad mother, the smitten maiden, the barbarian, the sorceress, the abused victim, the case study for a pathology: for more than two thousand years she has challenged in literature, arrested the eye in paintings, reverberated in music, called to us from the stage. She demands the most interdisciplinary of study, from ancient art to contemporary law, genetics and medicine: she is no more to be bound by any single field of study than by any single take on her character.

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Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 10:52
Last Modified: 09 May 2020 00:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40161
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