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Sophocles: Oedipus the King & Oedipus at Colonus

Paul Hammond

in The Strangeness of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199572601
eISBN:
9780191702099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Who is Oedipus? Where does he belong? In Oedipus the King, the heimlich (homely, familiar) and the unheimlich (strange, uncanny) undo each other before his own eyes. Oedipus has made Thebes his ... More


Naked Life; Arendt and the Exile at Colonus

Cecilia Sjöholm

in Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199559213
eISBN:
9780191594403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The philosophical readings of Sophocles, from Hegel to Irigaray, have largely stuck to the tragedies as isolated plots, looking at Antigone or King Oedipus in their own right. Oedipus at Colonus, in ... More


Derrida's Dying Oedipus

Rachel Bowlby

in Derrida and Antiquity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199545544
eISBN:
9780191720598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545544.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In Of Hospitality, Derrida used Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus to think about the suppliant exile, Oedipus, as an old man seeking to die in his own way in a foreign country. He focuses on Oedipus' ... More


Possible Returns: Deconstruction and the Placing of Greek Philosophy

Andrew Benjamin

in Derrida and Antiquity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199545544
eISBN:
9780191720598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545544.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter offers a critical engagement with Derrida's interpretation of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus. Derrida's work is positioned initially in relation to Heidegger. By focusing on the topics of ... More


Staging Choices

Paul Woodruff

in The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195332001
eISBN:
9780199868186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Theater puts actions on view, and actions are events that proceed from human choice. If choice is not possible for humans, or if it cannot be presented to public view, then theater will not be ... More


The Place of Death: Oedipus at Colonus

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224159
eISBN:
9780823235841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224159.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In Sophocles' third play, Oedipus at Colonus, only Theseus, the King of Athens, is allowed to witness Oedipus' death so that his death may serve as a gift to protect Athens. ... More


The Story of Samson: Self‐Destroying Evil

Eleonore Stump

in Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199277421
eISBN:
9780191594298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277421.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Samson is an exemplar of a person who suffers greatly but whose suffering stems from his own wrongdoing. This chapter examines the problem of suffering as regards not the victims of human evil but as ... More


The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675716
eISBN:
9781781380833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book provides separate discussions of each of Sophocles' seven plays: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. It sets these between an ... More


Sophoclean Journeys

Pat Easterling

in Tradition, Translation, Trauma: The Classic and the Modern

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199554591
eISBN:
9780191808258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that the lasting ‘translatability’ and pervasiveness in modern culture of Sophocles’ surviving plays owes much to the complex power with which such seemingly simple images are ... More


Oedipus at Colonus: The journey's end

James Morwood

in The Tragedies of Sophocles

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675716
eISBN:
9781781380833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores how Sophocles ended Oedipus' journey in his tragedy Oedipus at Colonus. It states that according to the play, Oedipus' death was to serve as a blessing, which suggests that ... More


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