Euripides’ controversial icon Medea is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s stunning contemporary rewrite, at BAM starting this January. Gear up for Medea with this reading list on patriarchy, women's anger, and revenge from the classical era to the present.
Renowned German feminist writer Christa Wolf's modern retelling of the original Medea narrative engages with contemporary political realities, as a fiercely independent woman comes up agains the dark secrets of a corrupt state and is reviled and silenced.
Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard traces the through line of misogyny from its ancient origins to the present, interrogating political structures that exclude women from positions of power, as well as illuminating the lessons of powerful women.
In her bestselling and beloved 2018 novel, Madeline Miller reimagines the story of Circe, daughter of Titans who possesses the power of transformation, as she crosses paths not only with Odysseus but with an entire cast of characters from Greek mythology, including Medea herself.
Poet Maya Phillips uses the structure of a Greek epic to explore the interior life of a contemporary family, in a journey crossing boundaries of life and death, reality and myth.
Flynn's sensational 2013 bestseller introduced one of modern literature's most famous unreliable narrators, and thrust the story of a woman's marital manipulation and revenge into the forefront of conversations nationwide.
Nominated for the 2019 Booker Prize, Oyinkan Braithwaite's novel of two Nigerian sisters -- one who tends to murder her boyfriends, one who cleans up the mess -- is a wickedly dark comedy of anti-patriarchal catharsis.
Rebecca Traister, one of the most astute and clarifying of contemporary political analysts, traces the transformation of the slowly rising tide of women's anger, especially in the U.S., into a political movement with the capacity for instigating real change.
This collection of Rebecca Solnit's essays (one of several relevant collections by Solnit published by Haymarket) addresses questions of the silencing of women's voices, the violence of misogyny, and the fragile masculinity of the literary canon.
Evoking stories of uprisings taking place around the world, activist Mona Eltahawy invites women to be angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful - committing all of the "sins" they have been accused of, in order to not just survive the patriarchy but dismantle it.