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Some Other "Other" Mothers

Posted February 18, 2009 to photo album "Some Other "Other" Mothers"

Slide 1: Other Mother (Coraline)
Slide 2: Beverly R. Sutphin (Serial Mom)
Slide 3: Eleanor Iselin (The Manchurian Candidate)
Slide 4: Angela Petrelli (Heroes)
Slide 5: Edith Bouvier Beale (Grey Gardens)
Slide 6: Deirdre Burroughs (Running with Scissors)
Slide 7: Claire Roth (In a Country of Mothers)
Slide 8: Eva (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Slide 9: Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
Slide 10: Mrs. Violet Venable (Suddenly, Last Summer)
Slide 11: Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate)
Slide 12: Margaret White (Carrie)
Slide 13: Livia Soprano (The Sopranos)
Slide 14: Wanda Holloway (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom)
Slide 15: Barbara Baekeland (Savage Grace)
Slide 16: Medea (Medea)
Slide 17: Alexis Carrington (Dynasty)
Slide 16: Medea (Medea)

Slide 16: Medea (Medea)

The mother of all "other" mothers is Medea. The mythic sorceress who convinces Jason to marry her, only to kill their two sons when he leaves, remains an archetype of the bad mother. Originally immortalized by Euripedes in his 431 BC Medea, the figure has reappeared endlessly in operas, plays, stories and poems.  In recent years, the term "Medea Complex" has been coined to give some pop-psych comfort to such inexplicable tragedies, like Susan Smith and Andrea Yates, in which real-life mothers have murdered their own kids.