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The Tragic Life Story of Medea as Mother, Monster, and Muse

Author(s): Jana Rivers Norton

Book Description

This volume offers a critical yet empathic exploration of the ancient myth of Medea as immortalized by early Greek and Roman dramatists to showcase the tragic forces afoot when relational suffering remains unresolved in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Medea as a tragic figure, whose sense of isolation and betrayal interferes with her ability to form healthy attachments, reveals the human propensity for violence when the agony of unresolved grief turns to vengeance against those we hold most dear. However, metaphorically, her life story as an emblem for existential crisis serves as a psychological touchstone in the lives of early twentieth-century female authors, who struggled to find their rightful place in the world, to resolve the sorrow of unrequited love and devotion, and to reconcile experiences of societal abandonment and neglect as self-discovery.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4130-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4130-4
Date of Publication: 01/01/2020
Pages / Size: 248 / A5
Price: £61.99


Dr Jana Rivers Norton has taught college level English and Psychology courses for over 28 years. She is an author and independent scholar, whose work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. Her primary research interests include bridging the fields of narrative psychology and mythos in relation to the study of creativity, trauma, gender and writing. She retired from full-time teaching at Cochise College, USA, in 2018, and now teaches part-time for the College of the Redwoods, in northern California.