The modern Medea : Euripides, anti-imperialism and infanticide

Kvistad, Ivar 2005, The modern Medea : Euripides, anti-imperialism and infanticide, in CCLCS 2005 : Postgraduate colloquium, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 3-3.

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Title The modern Medea : Euripides, anti-imperialism and infanticide
Author(s) Kvistad, Ivar
Conference name Monash University Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Colloquium (2005 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 8-9 December 2005
Title of proceedings CCLCS 2005 : Postgraduate colloquium
Publication date 2005
Start page 3
End page 3
Publisher Monash University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Euripides' Medea has been reinvented several times in the twentieth century. This paper uncovers the impetus that informs the lineage of Medeas that are overt in their politicisation of the problems of colonialism and/or institutionalised gender dissymmetry: the Medeas of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Heiner Mller, Brendan Kennelly, Liz Lochhead, Christa Wolf, Diana Wakoski, Tony Harrison - and more recently Wesley Enoch. What, however, lends the Euripidean narrative to such politicisations? To answer this question, the paper looks back to Euripides' play, offering a reappraisal of its representation of infanticide. The paper argues that while this motif is routinely dismissed in the scholarship as a demonising representation of the cultural and sexual Other, the infanticide motif is also the key to understanding Medea's radicality and politicisation of rights-bearing subjectivity in its ancient and modern incarnations.
Language eng
Field of Research 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
HERDC Research category L3 Extract of paper (minor conferences)
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