The Music and ‘Madness’ of Medea: Writing & Listening Assignment

Vivian E Deno


This assignment uses music as an interpretive bridge for students to make connections between their contemporary understanding of 'mad women' and earlier depictions of iconic mad women.  The assignment aids educators in pinpointing how students are engaging with and understanding course materials. It also helps faculty to see unplanned for insights into the materials from a student;s perspective. 


Higher Education; Feminist History; US Social History; Gender Studies

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Chowdhury, Jennifer. “Indiana Sentences Purvi Patel to 20 Years for Feticide.” 3 March 2015, NBC News,, accessed 17 February 2017.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. NY: Vintage Books, 1974.

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Nelson, Lawrence. “A Crisis For Women's Rights? Surveying Feticide Statutes For Content, Coverage, and Constitutionality.” University of Denver Criminal Law Review 63 (Winter 2016).

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