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"Where myth becomes history" : the politics of mythical time in Heiner Muller's Medea

Kvistad, Ivar 2005, "Where myth becomes history" : the politics of mythical time in Heiner Muller's Medea, in Art and Time, School of Humanities, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 18-18.

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Title "Where myth becomes history" : the politics of mythical time in Heiner Muller's Medea
Author(s) Kvistad, Ivar
Conference name Art and Time Conference (2005 : Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference location Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference dates 3-4 November 2005
Title of proceedings Art and Time
Publication date 2005
Start page 18
End page 18
Publisher School of Humanities, Australian National University
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Heiner Müller in the 1980s produced a sequence of plays featuring Euripides’ heroine Medea using his distinctive, poetic modality of “the theatre of images”. These ostensibly postmodern narratives take the form of disjointed, visual and textual representations that are also fragmentations of historical and mythical times and spaces. Müller’s Medea plays are thus suggestive of the intersection between the discourses of history and myth — and the blending of historical time with ahistorical, supposedly “timeless” mythical narratives. Further, the postmodern possibility of history’s textuality to liquidate it into a type of (modern) mythology seeks expression in the plays’ representation of a converse equation: the moment signaled in the text as that “where myth becomes history”. This paper examines the problematisation of the myth-history dichotomy in Müller’s Medea plays, outlining the ways in which the “timeless” myth of the classical, infanticidal figure of Medea is strategically deployed to politicise evolutionist teleology, Western colonialism and the technologies of war in twentieth century Europe.
Language eng
Field of Research 200512 Literature in German
HERDC Research category L3 Extract of paper (minor conferences)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015851

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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