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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


Oedipal Origins

RACHEL BOWLBY

in Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199566228
eISBN:
9780191710407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566228.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter asks what Sophocles' Oedipus the King, the tragedy on which Freud based his radical theory of human subjectivity, might offer in relation to the new kinds of identity and family that ... More


The Scenography of Trauma: Oedipus as Tragedy and Complex

John Fletcher

in Freud and the Scene of Trauma

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254590
eISBN:
9780823260973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254590.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Five considers Freud’s turn to the two tragedies, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It locates Freud’s reading of them in the theoretical crisis of 1897 over the theory of ... More


The Curse of the Canon: Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not To Blame

Michael Simpson

in Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199296101
eISBN:
9780191712135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

In 1968, at the onset of the most traumatic phase of the civil war in post-colonial Nigeria, Ola Rotimi staged a production of his new play The Gods Are Not To Blame, which is, amongst other things, ... 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


Sophocles' Oedipus: In the Image of Pericles

Stephen V. Tracy

in Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256033
eISBN:
9780520943629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256033.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Sophocles and Pericles were two of Athens' leading intellectuals. They were also almost exact contemporaries, Sophocles being perhaps a year or two older than Pericles. Although Sophocles was ... More


Oedipus the King: The city and the house

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/9781904675716.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the shifts of focus found in Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus the King. The play starts as a quest to find the root behind the pollution of Thebes, but later shifts to the household ... More


Foundling Fathers and Mothers

Rachel Bowlby

in A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Foundling stories, which abound in legend, have generally looked at the fate of the found child, not at the parents on either side, abandoning or taking in. But two famous stories, of Oedipus and ... More


Ibsen's Ghosts and the Rejection of the Tragic

K. M. Newton

in Modern Literature and the Tragic

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636730
eISBN:
9780748652082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636730.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Ibsen clearly has classical tragedy in mind in Ghosts, particularly Sophocles' Oedipus the King, which is held by Aristotle in his Poetics to be the exemplary tragedy. Ibsen, before he turned to ... More


Childlessness Euripides’ Medea

Rachel Bowlby

in A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter looks at some articulations of the distinctive forces and passion of parental feelings, including those that come from the loss or absence of children. It notes the relative absence of ... More


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