Cultural Reflections of Medusa: The Shadow in the Glass

1st Edition

Jennifer Hedgecock

Routledge
December 17, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 186 Pages
ISBN 9780367183479 - CAT# K416471
Series: Interdisciplinary Research in Gender

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Summary

This project studies the patterns in which the Medusa myth shapes, constructs and transforms new meanings of women today, correlating portrayals in ancient Greek myth, nineteenth century Symbolist painting and new, controversial, visions of women in contemporary art.

The myth of the Medusa has long been the ultimate symbol of woman as monster. With her roots in classical mythology, Medusa has appeared time and again throughout history and culture and this book studies the patterns in which the Medusa myth shapes, constructs and transforms new meanings of women today. Hedgecock presents an interdisciplinary and broad historical ‘cultural reflections’ of the Modern Medusa, including the work of Maria Callas, Nan Goldin, The Symbolist Painters and 20th Century Poets.

Cultural Reflections of Medusa is a timely and necessary work will be key reading for students and researchers specializing in mythology or gender studies across a variety of fields, touching on interdisciplinary research in feminist theory, art history and theory, cultural studies and psychology.

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