The Black Medea: An Introduction

German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy, vol. 3 (2020)

15 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2021

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Barbara Klose-Ullmann

ISE Institute of SocioEconomics and Center of Conflict Resolution (CCR)

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Klose-Ullmann, Barbara, The Black Medea: An Introduction (2020). German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy, vol. 3 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3853647

Barbara Klose-Ullmann (Contact Author)

ISE Institute of SocioEconomics and Center of Conflict Resolution (CCR) ( email )

Gnesener Str. 1
Munich, Bavaria D-81929
Germany

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