A New Interpretation of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus: In the Light and Darkness of Apollo

A New Interpretation of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus: In the Light and Darkness of Apollo

By: Shigenari Kawashima (author), Naoko Yamagata (translator)Hardback

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This unique and fresh interpretation of an enigmatic classic provides a greater understanding of the play's religious and political undertones with an innovative and focused examination which proposes an earlier recognition than previously assumed of the whole truth by Jocasta. This will become an indispensable reference book for Classical scholars in this first ever English translation.


ABSTRACT; FOREWEORD; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION; PROLOGUE - PREFACE TO DRAMA; 1. Religious and political aspects of Oedipus Tryannus; 2. Theban legends and Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus; CHAPTER 1: CHANGE (TYCHE) AND IRONY; 1. Thebes in the grip of the plague: the opening of the play; 2. Chance (tyche) and Sophoclean irony; 3. 'Whose bad fortune (tyche)?'; 4. Truth (aletheia) as the 'unsolved mysteries'; CHAPTER 2: TIRESIAS AND CREON; 1. Oedipus' determination and self-curse; 2. 'Tyche fell upon his head....'; 3. Two kinds of gaze in Oedipus Tyrannus; 4. The entrance of Tiresias/truth (aletheia); 5. The ambiguity of the accusation; 6. The riddle of the Sphinx and the riddle of Apollo; 7. 'The wandering bull" - the first stasimon; 8. Creon - the measure of Oedipus' delusion; CHAPTER 3: JOCASTA AND THE ORACLE OF APOLLO; 1. A place where three roads meet; 2. The incident (tyche) of the past; 3. The oracle given to Laius - two mentions by Jocasta; 4. The difference in motivation; 5. The difference in expression; 6. 'Who is Oedipus?' - where does this search begin?; 7. Jocasta's discovery; 8. Oedipus' cry 'daimon'!; 9. Jocasta's decision - her silence and denial of the oracle; CHAPTER 4:JOCASTA AND TYCHE (CHANCE); 1. Jocasta's 'piety'; 2. Insult to the oracle; 3. 'It is Chance that rules'; 4. 'Your savior, too, my child'; 5. 'May you never find out who you are.'; - Jocasta's futile resistance; 6. Oedipus the son of Tyche; CHAPTER 5:THE SECOND STASIMON; 1. The Second Stasimon's place within the plot (mythos); 2. The violator of 'the sublime laws'; 3. Hybris breeds the tyrant'; 4. 'With no fear of Justice...'; AND MORE.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773400573
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780773400573
  • ISBN10: 0773400575

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