• Tragedy, Euripides, Melodrama: Hamartia, Medea, Liminality

    Author(s):
    Brian Gregory Caraher (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    CLCS Classical and Modern, CLCS European Regions, GS Poetry and Poetics
    Subject(s):
    Dramaturgy, Greek tragedy, Euripides and the Trojan War, Politics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    liminality, melodrama, Tragedy, social polity, preternatural
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/dbv8-f543
    Abstract:
    This article examines socio-historical dimensions and cultural and dramaturgic implications of the Greek playwright Euripides' treatment of the myth of Medea. Euripides gives voice to victims of adventurism, aggression and betrayal in the name of 'reason' and the 'state' or 'polity.' Medea constitutes one of the most powerful mythic forces to which he gave such voice by melodramatizing the disturbing liminality of Greek tragedy's perceived social and cultural order. The social polity is confronted by an apocalyptic shock to its order and its available modes of emotional, rational and social interpretation. Euripidean melodramas of horror dramatize the violation of rational categories and precipitate an abject liminality of the tragic vision of rational order. The dramaturgy of Euripides' "Medea" is contrasted with the norms of Greek tragedy and examined in comparison with other adaptations -- both ancient and contemporary -- of the myth of Medea, in order to unfold the play's transgression of a tragic vision of the social polity.
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