607213 PS Intermediality in Theory and Practice: Medea. The intermedial development of an ancient myth.

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PS Intermediality in Theory and Practice: Medea. The intermedial development of an ancient myth.
PS 2
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During this pro-seminar the students will get familiar with various forms of intertextual and intermedial analysis. In collaboration with the lecturer models will be developed, that allow a practical comparison between literature and film, literature and opera, literature and dance e.g. In a second step, the practical applicability of these models will be verified using the example of the Medea-myth. Finally, new intra- and intermedial perspectivizations and contextualizations of the Medea-myth will be investigated in a third step. Thereby special consideration will be given to "intermedial transpositions" (Werner Wolf) in the medium of film, for example, Piere Paolo Pasolini's "Medea" (1969) with Maria Callas in the title role and Lars von Trier's "Medea" (1988) from a screenplay by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

Hardly another figure of ancient mythology has been designed as multifaceted and ambivalent as Medea. But the sinister attraction of this long tabooed mythical figure influenced not only writers, who re-interpreted the dramas by Euripides and Seneca, but also composers, librettists, and filmmakers. So the figure of Medea succeeded in a "multi-media career" - as Inge Stephan puts it so aptly. Depending on the historical, social and gender-theoretical background of the adapting artists, very different faces of Medea are placed in the foreground: she is betrayed and deceived lover, repudiated wife, persecuted and misunderstood stranger as well as murderous mother, healing sorceress and scheming poisoner. This course will deal with the questions of, how the myth of "Medea" is presented today and how the myth is redesigned in media like opera and film. It analyzes both intertextual interpretations (eg, Jean Anouilh, Franz Grillparzer, Christa Wolf), as well as inter-medial (eg, Luigi Cherubini, Sasha Waltz, Pasolini, etc.).

The general overview of the different forms of intermedial analysis will be presented by the lecturer. The tenability of the theoretical approach will be tested in practice by the students in learning groups and presentations.

To complete the course the students have to take part in learning groups and prepare keynote speeches during the semester. At the end of the semester a term paper (circumference about 10 - 15 pages) has to be written. In addition, the active participation in the discussions will be part of the marking.

  1. Clauss, James J. (Hg.): Medea. Essays on Medea in myth, literature, philosophy, and art. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997 (Princeton paperbacks).
  2. Kerényi, Karl: Iason und Medeia. In: Ders.: Die Mythologie der Griechen. Die Heroen-Geschichten. München: dtv 2008, S. 197-220.
  3. Lütkehaus, Ludger (Hg.): Mythos Medea. Leipzig: Reclam 2001. (Reclam Bibliothek 20006)
  4. Stephan, Inge: Medea. Multimediale Karriere einer mythologischen Figur. Köln: Böhlau 2006.
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Mon 2022-10-10
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Mon 2022-10-24
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Mon 2022-11-07
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Mon 2022-11-21
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Mon 2022-12-05
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Mon 2023-01-09
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Mon 2023-01-23
10.15 - 13.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free