On Replacement pp 103-112 | Cite as

Medea: founder member of the first wives’ club

  • Mary Hamer


This reading of Euripides’ tragedy of Medea restores meanings that the Christian tradition, with its contempt for the body, has obscured. It draws a distinction between the myth, its fantasies based on fear of a woman with intelligence, and the work of the playwright. Using the language of theatre, Euripides analyses the contradictory emotional logic that takes over a woman at risk as an abandoned mother. Calling attention to Euripides’ staging of physical tenderness, a love that grows with intimacy in his account, it argues that action and language work together to challenge the myth of the hero.


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  • Mary Hamer
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLondonUK

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