Shakespeare's Myths


This bibliography applies only to the myth studied in this entry. Full references to more general works on early modern mythology cited in the Analysis are to be found in the General Bibliography. 


Baker, Howard.  Induction to Tragedy: A Study in a Development of Form in “Gorboduc”, “The Spanish Tragedy” and “Titus Andronicus” (Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1939).

Berger, Harry.  “Text Against Performance: The Example of Macbeth”, in Stephen Greenblatt, ed., The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (Norman, OK: Pilgrim Books, 1982): 49-79.

Bradley, A. C.  Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on “Hamlet”, “Othello”, “King Lear”, “Macbeth”, 2nd ed. (London: Macmillan, 1905).

Brooke, Nicholas, edThe Oxford Shakespeare: Macbeth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990).

Brooks, Howard F.  “Richard III, Unhistorical Amplifications: the Women’s Scenes and Seneca”. MLR 75 (1980): 721-737.

Brown, Sarah Annes.  “Ovid, Golding, and the Tempest”. Translation and Literature 3 (1994): 3-29.

Carroll, William C. The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985).

Cunliffe, J. W.  The Influence of Seneca on Elizabethan Tragedy (1893).

Ewbank, Inga-Stina.  “The Fiend-Like Queen: A Note on Macbeth and Seneca’s Medea”, in Kenneth Muir, ed., Shakespeare Survey 19 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966, rep. 2002): 82-94.

Hall, Edith, Fiona Macintosh, and Oliver Taplin, eds.  Medea in Performance 1500-2000 (Oxford: Legenda, 2000).

Heavey, Katherine. “ ‘An Infant of the House of York’: Medea and Absyrtus in Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy”. Comparative Drama 50.2/3 (2016): 233-248.

Heavey, KatherineThe Early Modern Medea: Medea in English Literature, 1558-1688 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).  

Hunter, G. K.  “Seneca and English Tragedy”, in Costa, C. D. N. ed., Seneca (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1974): 166-204.

Hunter, G. K.  “Seneca and the Elizabethans: A Case-Study in Influence”, in Hunter, Dramatic Identities and Cultural Tradition: Studies in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 1978): 159-73.

Jones, Emrys.  The Origins of Shakespeare (Oxford: Clarendon, 1977).

Lyne, Raphael.  “Ovid, Golding, and the “rough magic” of The Tempest”, in Taylor, A. B., ed. Shakespeare’s Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000): 150-64.

Martindale, Charles. “Shakespeare’s Ovid, Ovid’s Shakespeare: A Methodological Postscript”, in Taylor, A. B., ed. Shakespeare’s Ovid: The ‘Metamorphoses’ in the Plays and Poems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000): 198-215.

Moore, Helen. “Elizabethan Fiction and Ovid’s Heroides”. Translation and Literature 9.1 (2000): 40-64.

Morse, RuthThe Medieval Medea (Martlesham, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1996).

Peyré, Yves. “ ‘Confusion now hath made his masterpiece’: Senecan resonances in Macbeth”, in Martindale, Charles, and Taylor, A. B., eds. Shakespeare and the Classics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004): 141-55.

Spearing, E. M.  “The Elizabethan ‘Tenne Tragedies of Seneca’”. Modern Language Review 4.4 (1909): 437-61.

Stapleton, M. L.  Fated Sky: the “Femina Furens” in Shakespeare (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000).


How to cite

Katherine Heavey. “Medea.”  2014.  In A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology 

(2009-), ed. Yves Peyré.

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