Specters of Medea: The Rhetoric of Stepmotherhood and Motherhood in Seneca’s Phaedra

@article{McAuley2012SpectersOM,
  title={Specters of Medea: The Rhetoric of Stepmotherhood and Motherhood in Seneca’s Phaedra},
  author={M. McAuley},
  journal={Helios},
  year={2012},
  volume={39},
  pages={37 - 72}
}
  • M. McAuley
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Helios
  • Recent criticism on Senecan drama has moved on from polarized debates over whether the plays are pro- or anti-Stoic, to the consideration of more complex, nuanced, and unexpected ways in which Seneca's depictions of tragic passions and psychological conflict are informed by Stoic doctrine. (1) Unsurprisingly, Seneca's two most tormented and passionate characters, Medea and Phaedra, have received most attention in this regard. (2) Christopher Gill, for example, has argued that surrender to… CONTINUE READING
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