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Witches and Nature Control in the Palaiologan Romances and Beyond

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Abstract

This chapter examines the marginalization and violence inflicted on the nature-controlling witches who appear in The War of Troy, Livistros and Rodamni, and Kallimachos and Chrysorroi. Through their magical interaction with nature, these witches possess a power that lies outside patriarchal control, thus requiring their execution as a way to restore social order. The differing treatment of Medea in the Greek War of Troy, its source, Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie, and analogs such as Guido delle Colonne’s Historia Destructionis Troiae and John Lydgate’s Troy Book reveals how gendered and environmental ideologies are socially constructed through translation, while a diachronic investigation of the reception of Medea by contemporary feminist, postcolonial, and indigenous writers valorizes Medea’s resistance to patriarchy.

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  1. 1.North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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