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Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus (or Oedipus Rex) has exerted more influence than any other drama, ancient or modern, on the history of theatre, and this influence has extended far beyond the boundaries of the western theatrical tradition to include African and Oriental theatre histories as well. This volume traces Sophocles’ paradigmatic ancient tragedy from its first appearance on the stage in the fifth century BC to present day productions. The afterlife of Oedipus has played a key role in the history of ideas, and this volume examines its centrality to the history of stage censorship and political and cultural upheaval across the centuries. More recently, the protagonist has come under close scrutiny in his association with the Oedipus of psychoanalytical theory. Macintosh demonstrates how, by following the fortunes of Sophocles’ Oedipus on the world stage, one witnesses its intersection with and impact upon the history of theatre and the history of ideas.Read more
- Brings together a wide range of material from diverse historical and cultural contexts within one volume, providing ease of use for the reader
- Includes a full list of the productions discussed for easy reference
- Emphasises the crucial role this play has played in the development of the history of ideas, something often overlooked in histories of the play
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'A profound, well-researched and engaging study. Readers from a wide range of backgrounds, and at all levels of experience, will greatly profit from this fine piece of scholarship.' Martin Revermann, University of Toronto
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- Date Published: June 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521497824
- length: 220 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 138 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
List of productions
1. Oedipus in Athens
2. The Roman Oedipus and his successors
3. Oedipus and the 'people'
4. Oedipus and the Dionysiac
5. Everyman and everywhere
6. Oedipus dethroned.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Topics in Literature
- Tragedy and Comedy
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