Der erste Mord. Der Tod des Apsyrtos als Schlüsselmoment für moderne Interpretationen des Medea-Mythos: Jahnn, Pasolini, Wolf, Loher

Shah, Mira (2014). Der erste Mord. Der Tod des Apsyrtos als Schlüsselmoment für moderne Interpretationen des Medea-Mythos: Jahnn, Pasolini, Wolf, Loher. Kulturpoetik - Zeitschrift für kulturgeschichtliche Literaturwissenschaft / Journal for cultural poetics, 14(1), pp. 43-69. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

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Murderous Medea – following Euripides’ seminal tragedy countless authors and artists have depicted Medea as child-slaughtering outlaw and avenger. But the Medea myth is much more diverse and holds more depth than this. Medea’s path through her career as princess, magician, wife, mother and avengress opens with another abominable death: that of her brother Apsyrtos. This article focuses on how and why the death of Medea’s brother Apsyrtos has been examined and instrumentalised in modern adaptions of the myth by Hans Henny Jahnn, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Christa Wolf and Dea Loher. Whether guilty as charged but with sensible intentions to gain self-rule and show herself trustworthy or innocent of crime or murder but stricken with guilt and alienation, Medea’s involvement in her brother’s death seems to hold the key to modern interpretations of antiquity’s different strands of the Medea myth and its adaptability to modern concerns of subjectivity and emancipation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Shah, Mira

Subjects:

400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures

ISSN:

1616-1203

Publisher:

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Language:

German

Submitter:

Mira Shah

Date Deposited:

12 Aug 2014 11:52

Last Modified:

12 Aug 2014 11:52

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49551

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