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In the Wake of Medea: Neoclassical Theater and the Arts of Destruction

Juliette Cherbuliez


This book explores the rhetorical, literary, and performance strategies through which violence appears and persists in early modern French tragedy, a genre long understood as passionless and refusing all violence. The mythological figure of Medea, foreigner who massacres her brother, murders kings, burns down Corinth, and kills her own children, can serve as a paradigm for this violence. An alternative to western philosophy’s ethical paradigm of Antigone, the Medean presence offers a model of radically persistent and disruptive outsiderness—for classical theater and its wake in literary theory ... More

Keywords: destruction, feminist theory, Medea, violence, political theory, premodern France, temporality, theatre, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823287826
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliette Cherbuliez, author
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities