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Oedipus Tyrannus Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge

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ISBN-10: 0195133218

ISBN-13: 9780195133219

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Charles Segal

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Intended for the student and general reader, this close literary study of the most famous Greek tragedy combines scene-by-scene literary analysis with an account of the play's historical, intellectual, social, and mythical background. It traces adaptions of the play from Aristotle on to Freud, Levi-Strauss, Lacan and the most recent criticism. This second edition draws on new approaches to the study of Greek tragedy; discusses the most recent interpretative scholarship on the play; and contains an annotated up-to-date bibliography.
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
A Note on References and Acknowledgments
Literary and Historical Context
Historical and Cultural Background
Performance, Theater, and Social Context
The Oedipus Myth and Its Interpretation
Oedipus and the Trials of the Hero
Life's Tragic Shape: Plot, Design, and Destiny
Reading Oedipus Tyrannus
The Crisis of the City and the King
Discovery and Reversal
Resolution: Tragic Suffering, Heroic Endurance
Inner Vision and Theatrical Spectacle
"To Look upon the Light for the Last Time": The Place of Oedipus Tyrannus in Sophocles' Work
Reception, Influence, and Recent Literary Criticism
Selected Bibliography