The Black Medea: An Introduction
German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy, vol. 3 (2020)
15 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2021
Date Written: 2020
Abstract: The paper discusses three adaptations of Euripides` Medea which stipulate the heroine as Black woman: a novella by Paul Heyse and theater plays by Hans Henny Jahnn and Guy Butler. Various dimensions of cultural, racist, and aesthetic discrimination are distilled from this material and analyzed with respect to the impact they have on the course of the action which, in all three adaptations, implies Medea killing her children – but for different reasons.
Keywords: Black Medea, Discrimination, Racism, Identity, Paul Heyse, Hans Henny Jahnn, Guy Butler
JEL Classification: D03, D63, D74, D91; G70
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