Through this illustrated chapter, Jolyon Mitchell and Linzy Brady consider how the story of the Massacre of the Innocents (from the Gospel of Matthew) has been transformed through appropriation, adaptation and elaboration. They analyse how this brief, ancient, biblical story (Matthew 2.16-18) is used to reflect upon more recent events of injustice, horror and tragedy. They demonstrate how this compressed tale of slaughter has exerted a powerful imaginative hold. Mitchell and Brady critically consider journalistic reports, literary imaginings, artistic representations, theatrical enactments, and cinematic portrayals. They explore how it has resonated through the centuries and has a rich and extensive afterlife, which reflects evolving understandings of tragedy. Examples from literature, art, theatre and film are used to interrogate different kinds of representation and transformation of tragedy. This detailed analysis raises a number of questions such as: What is an appropriate representation of this tragic tale when artistic beauty sharply contrasts with actual extreme violence against innocent children? Drawing upon a wide range of examples, the authors move from motherhood and massacre in art in the Middle Ages to political representations of genocide and war on the stage and screen in the twenty-first century.
|Title of host publication||The Transformations of Tragedy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Christian Influences from Early Modern to Modern|
|Editors||Erik Tonning, Fionnuala O'Neil Tonning, Jolyon Mitchell|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|ISBN (Print)||9789004416543, 9789004416536|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Nov 2019|
|Name||Studies in Religion and the Arts|