She inherited a talent for sorcery from her aunt, and was one-quarter divine.Medea fell in love under a spell, and became Jason’s right-hand woman, helping him defeat an army, get past a dragon, kill a king, and escape her own family.Recent work can be found in When you ask anyone “who was Medea?
In a few texts about similar experiences, we could perhaps call them witch narratives, shame starts outside the self and mores inward, from the external world to the internal.
Medeaum cannot fit in the confines of the domestic arrangement as it is imposed upon her.
She burned bridges and committed crimes against her own family in the name of his pursuits.
When they arrived back in his homeland, they had two sons, and then he left her for the young local princess to improve his social status.
Some believe that place and person are inextricably linked, that landlessness leads to a sort of unhinging, an inevitable loss of some part of the self.
The experience of immigration is different for everyone, but for me there were many moments when I felt like I could wear my otherness like a skin, when I was considered to be an aberration, a shame.Couples in gender-normative roles will need to find the way to dismantle the expectations they set for themselves.Those who have embraced queerness and otherness by necessity perhaps will become role models for reconstructing them.If she is a victim, it is of hysteria; otherwise, she is just a monster, and this makes it impossible for us to see her any other way.But she was also an immigrant, a warrior, and the gatekeeper who helped Jason win his famed and celebrated conquest.At this point in the narrative she senses the threat of breaking with it within herself.I see this drama playing itself out over and over again in contemporary culture, in narratives of possession, in the coding of social contracts, and in the stretching or acceptance of that coding.She completed her MFA in poetry and translation in 2014.A native to the West, she has an ongoing curiosity about the natural world.I wanted to ask two questions: First, what if her crimes were metaphorical?And second, if we put them aside, what do we see when we make a fair study of her rage?