Event: The Divided Self of Euripides’ Medea

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought presents…

The Divided Self of Euripides’ Medea:
The Myth, a Modern Movie, and an Attempt to Understand Her Motivations for Infanticide

Larry Jost, Professor of Philosophy
University of Cincinnati

Friday, October 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. Wine and cheese
7:00 p.m. Film and discussion

Professor Jost’s presentation will focus on the psychological conflict in Medea, her guilt over what she did to her father and brother to help Jason capture the “golden fleece,” and her resolution to take revenge on her husband after he abandoned her and their children.

He will explore her unconscious emotional states and her clearly-expressed complaints about male treatment of wives and mothers, both in their historical context and in the context of our own times, after the influence of the “New Wave Feminism” of the 1960’s and ‘70’s.

Professor Jost will show that Euripides’ take on female suffering and strengths is unusually perceptive for a male Athenian in the 5th C. BCE and is evident in several of his plays, especially Medea. In this, Euripides is following in the footsteps of both Aeschylus and Sophocles, but with a deeper insight into the psyche of his heroines.

Before the presentation, we will screen Lars von Trier’s Danish made-for-television adaptation from 1988, based on an early film version of the classic drama by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

This event is free and will be held at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute: 3001 Highland Avenue, Suite C, Cincinnati, OH 45219


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