The Power of Medea: Three Studies of the Ultimate Female Transgressor
Curtis, Katherine L., 1982-
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Originally, my Senior Individualized Project was going to cover numerous women similar to Medea, "man-eaters" from classical mythology and what is written about them versus what artists have chosen to portray. I found myself eager to examine fascinating ancient gender roles, since the courses I have taken up to this point in my education have briefly touched on such topics. Mythology appeared to cast women as the epitomes of male fantasy or as a threat to men altogether. Through my research, I was finally able to combine my interest and previous study in an attempt to explore the situation of women under the male "gaze" in art and literature. I began looking specifically to see what type of "gaze" artists would use in their art, and noticed a trend amongst certain male artists to either sexualize their female subjects or turn them into holy virgins.