Martha Graham's Re‐Vision of Jocasta, Clytemnestra, and Medea

Frederick Corey

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Martha Graham based a number of her choreographic works on Greek tragedies, and in so doing reinterpreted the patriarchal dramas from a female perspective. This essay is an examination of these revisions in three of Graham's ballets: Night Journey, Clytemnestra, and Cave of the Heart. The analysis suggests that in her portrayal of Greek tragedies, Graham reveals a feminist consciousness, both as a revisionist and as an artist who is recreating the female perspective in a patriarchal society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-217
Number of pages14
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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